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Life in the slow lane

21 April 2009

We are the instant generation. We want it all and we want it now. Please.

A friend and fellow solicitor, was bemoaning her failure to fall pregnant over lunch (the bemoaning, that is) a couple of years back. On sensitive further enquiry it transpired that she’d been trying for just three months.

Statistically couples take an average of 12 months to conceive, meaning that for every Boris Becker-style broom cupboard tryst that results in a new life there is someone else taking two years – and probably becoming most despondent in the process.

My friend said at the time that she knew she was being unreasonably impatient, but that to date she had controlled all important events in her life and had scheduled them all to suit herself. This new experience was not to her liking. I’m pleased to report that said friend now has two happy and healthy children, the second of whom was in fact pretty instant.

The instant generation

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