The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. Like most of the girls, Tehani didn’t even know she was getting married, until the wedding night. Tehani describes how she entered the marriage, “They were decorating my hands, but I didn’t know they were going to marry me off.
Out one night near my apartment, I pressed myself against the bar and tried to get the bartender's attention. He was cute, I observed, broad-shouldered and solidly built."Whiskey is an old man's drink," I said."Oh, really? "You're a young one." I said I hadn't wanted to scare him off by telling him my real age, and he agreed that he probably wouldn't have gotten my number if he had known I was so young. It was obvious to me that he was trying so hard to impress my friends, and it just made him seem even older and more out of touch. I was young, excited to explore the city, constantly drinking too much and staying out until last call.
He didn't notice, but an older guy next to me, slightly balding with a crooked nose, did. We'll see about that," he replied, handing me a shot. We continued to joke back and forth, and despite the fact that I'd just graduated from college and he probably had a decade ago, it seemed we had a lot in common. We stayed deep in conversation until last call, and eventually he asked for my number."You're way too old for me," I said. Before I knew it, we were well into dessert, and I realized I didn't want the dinner to end. My roommate and I would routinely go out and try and get guys to buy us drinks, a practice Michael was not entirely fond of.
We would kiss at the table, and I'd catch (or maybe it was my imagination) the waiter's surprised look, and then I felt like he'd pegged me as some kind of gold-digger.
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I took it quickly and gagged while he slammed his without flinching. As we grinned at each other across the table (maybe it was just the buzz from the wine), I began to think that maybe eight years age difference wouldn't be so bad. In truth, my immaturity—and insecurity about his age—drove us to the verge of breaking up too many times to count.
I Googled him the next day, and lo and behold, right there on his college athlete stats page, was his birthdate. I couldn't relax and accept Michael's age for what it was, especially when we were out in public.Photographer Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world taking pictures, like the one of the Afghan couple, to document the phenomenon. She goes into the areas with help from people in these communities who want the practice to stop, because they see the harmful repercussions. I hated to see him," Tahani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25.Christiane Amanpour spoke with Sinclair about a book which features her photographs called, "Questions without Answers: The World in Pictures by the Photographers of VII." Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Afghnanistan on Sept. " data-medium-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_025a1.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_025a1.jpg? w=310" class=" wp-image-3801 " style="border:2px solid black;" title="Afghanistan" alt="Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Afghnanistan on Sept. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. w=300&h=193 300w, sizes="(max-width: 313px) 100vw, 313px" /"Whenever I saw him, I hid.We have a great deal in common and well needless to say he made a move on me and I was really surprised because secretly I was thinking man if I was just a little younger. And when we did get together we fell head over hills in love.He was with me every single day since the very first day we met. "I was going to tell you the next time I saw you, I promise. I knew you'd freak if I tacked on five more years, and we were having such a good time. I really like you, Vanessa.""I really like you, too," I said meekly, my anger fading.