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Struggling with senioritis… and married life

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Falvia Miccolis Martins Pereira and her husband got married when she was 17. Haley and Nathan Scott are on the high school drama “One Tree Hill” and got married when they were 16.

Falvia Miccolis Martins Pereira and her husband got married when she was 17. Haley and Nathan Scott are on the high school drama “One Tree Hill” and got married when they were 16.

Falvia Miccolis Martins Pereira and her husband got married when she was 17. Haley and Nathan Scott are on the high school drama “One Tree Hill” and got married when they were 16.

Clara Frietas

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We all grew up with love stories, either by reading it in a novel, watching it in a movie or in the seasons of a TV show. Couples that met in high school – kindly called “high school sweethearts” – are usually the bread and butter of fiction. With the turbulent emotions teenagers experience, the era of self-discovery and the overly appreciated varsity football team, it makes sense that young love is most screenwriters’ go-to theme.

Although TV shows are well-known for unrelatable and unrealistic stories, usually insisting that young adults are more competent of investigating a murder than actual detectives, sometimes fiction does meet reality. This is what happened to Flávia Miccolis Martins Pereira, a senior at Walter Johnson High School. At the age of 17, she struggles not only with senioritis but also with married life.

Flávia met her husband José in her sophomore year of high school, when she had just moved to Maryland from Brazil. The couple started dating in March of 2017, three months short of José’s graduation and seven months until he left to the Marines.

“We ignored the subject all through our relationship,” Flávia said. “But then some things happened and I needed to get legal independence. We thought about doing long-distance relationship, but neither of us really wanted that. So we decided to get married.”

According to Flávia, there was no elaborated proposal. Everything was settled in a single conversation. She told José that she saw only two alternatives: they would either have to split up and she could potentially go back to Brazil, or they would be together. In her view, the only thing that would solve all the issues would be marriage.

“All he said was ‘ok’.” Flávia said, laughing. Although the nature of the proposal wasn’t nearly as big as the promposals we see, it was quite obvious that she was very happy with it.
“I asked him if he wanted a couple days to think through but he said there was nothing to think through.”

In the beginning, José’s family was worried about the young couple and did not approve.
“Now they realize that we are not some ‘delusional teenagers’ that think everything will be rainbows and roses.” Flávia said.

Although it takes a lot of work, she sees the marriage as a safe harbor. “As we become adults, we disconnect from our parents. I know that I can still call my mom and she will help me, but [if I wasn’t married] I wouldn’t have a physical presence with me in the same way I had all my life. The best part about marriage is that I have José with me all the time. If I’m having a bad day, I have him by my side… Having this support, this trust is the best thing.”

This union also helped both of them follow their dreams. As Flávia will continue living in the state of Maryland, she will be able to afford college and study medicine. As for José, only his girlfriend, now wife, supported his dream to join the Marines.

“He filled the space of my family and I filled his,” Flávia concluded.

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