Apparently I’m already an old maid because I’m 24 and don’t have kids yet. Or a husband. Not even a prospective boyfriend. I think my coworkers feel sorry for me.
“But I have tons of time!” I tried to explain to the receptionist.
“It just gets harder as you get older,” she explained patiently. “In this country, girls have their kids while they’re young and living at home so their family can help them.”
“But doesn’t that make it difficult to finish high school?” I asked.
“You can defer your exams if you need to,” she answered. “Once you live with your husband and have a job, you don’t have time to stay home and look after your babies. If you wait until you’ve finished school, it’s too late to start a family.”
I missed that boat a long time ago.
One more reason I’m happy to have grown up in Canada and not South Africa – although the white people here don’t have the same attitude towards families as my colleagues.