Back in the ol country, with its extremely conservative -well, hypocritical- attitudes, getting pregnant is way too easy, with the joke being that some women get pregnant from looking at a guy’s underwear hanging on the washline. I assure you I have 3 cousins who got pregnant virgin, and I know of at least 6 people who got pregnant the one and only time they did the deed. And don’t get me started on the over 45, should name the baby menopause bunch.
Fast forward to last night, when I was talking to the vet and showing her my sister’s pic. Sis got pregnant after trying for almost two years -naturally, as most additional help available in most civilized places is illegal there. This delay was unheard of in the family and caused a conmotion. The vet told me that was absolutely normal here, with her waiting two and a half years and having two miscarriages, also considered normal, before succeeding in producing a healthy baby. A small survey done today at the local beauty parlor also confirms this timeline is considered average.
It got me thinking as I have been working on a piece related to measures to aliviate the problem of low birth rate in Taiwan, and recent statistics of women remaining single longer. Plus I also recalled my coworkers from Taiwan in the ol country also having to take extra time and devotion to get their bundles of joy.
I am starting to suspect that aside from overwork and little sleep, there must be something in the water reducing the population, a la my dear Communist schoolmate rants. Or worse. Maybe it is us in the ol country that have excess whatever. Am I thinking too much?