And Emmy Lou’s mom is what, maybe thirty-five?! Forty at the most?! Even fifty wouldn’t be “elderly” to a lot of us readers! I was a teen when Emmy Lou was, and all the moms I knew had started having children in their early-to-mid-twenties, having married shortly after college. Presumably, non-college moms might have started even younger.
My understanding has been that Emmy Lou is sort of perpetually fourteen. Fan1?