I'm the first one in my family - both sides - to actually graduate high school. I mean Graduate-graduate, cap and gown and diploma and everything and not a GED.
I'm the first to finish college with an actual degree.
Most of my family? Grand parents and Parents grew up in a time when you got married. Period. End of discussion. You didn't stay single past a certain age. You. Got. Married. Good, bad, indifferent, you got married.
Mom got married when she was 15, had her first kid at 16 (naturally dropped out of school). Was back home with her parents before she was 17 (he beat her) but married.
My other aunts all married men who didn't love them or even respect them. My Favorite Uncle (go figure) cheated on my Auntie for the better part of their marriage. He would stay away for weeks at a time. She didn't care as long as he paid the bills. That's how they got their property/security. Marriage. None of them bothered graduating high school once they met a guy who asked them to marry them.
Oh let's just end it there and say Out of the very long line of relatives that lived before me?
I'm definitely doing better than they were.