OK, we're being forced to eat our words. We said that "high school and college students will be given priority over grandmas, since grandmas, after all, are supposed to be good."

But what if just being a granny is rebellious? Catherine Fournier is one such 48-year-old grandmother of two, aged 4 years and 18 months. Their mother is 28 - "meaning yes, I rebelled against modern society and got married at 18 and had my first child just 18 days past my 20th birthday. My friends all have 'tweens and teens, and I'm a gramma!"

Catherine concedes that she may also be a rebel simply by the sheer number of children they have--"who has six kids these days?"--but others admire Catherine (and husband Peter) for their loving natures. The Fourniers have two children with mental illnesses and incredibly, have actually had people recommend that they "dump them" (when the kids, undiagnosed, were self-medicating with alcohol) to "save" the other four children. They refused to give up on their kids and kept the doors open. One now has a good job and is living on their own; the other just enrolled in night school.

Since the Fourniers are about to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this August, they also fly in the face of conventional wisdom that no one can stay committed to the same person for decades.

Quoth our wise, hip granny: "All that piece of bad advice reveals is that people are afraid of having someone to get to know THEM that well."

If you'd like to congratulate the Fourniers on their 30th, you can write to them via rebels@modestyzone.net

If you would like to nominate a Rebel—including yourself—please submit a short personal profile and what you are rebelling against here. There is no age limit, but high school and college students will be given priority over grandmas, since grandmas, after all, are supposed to be good.




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