Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bachelor's in Fertility

I've always known that Princeton produced genius, but I had no idea it also produced miracles.

In case you missed it, there's been some talk in recent years about women's fertility, and about all the potentially dire things that can happen to a woman's womb if she happens to not have made babies by the tim she's 26. Basically, if you wait, you're screwed, seems to be the uninspiring take-away message from all the discussion of late. Oh, and the longer you wait, the more screwed you get. So each additional year of waiting--of choosing to focus on your career, of failing to meet the right man, of frittering away your fertility on the vanities of single life--dooms you more certainly to a life of regretting your decision to put off getting knocked up.

But now there's the Princeton Miracle! I direct you to the class notes in the March 27 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. If you turn to the notes for the class of 1973--whose average age is probably about 55--you'll notice this picture of a woman beaming broadly as she cradles two small infants. According to the caption, this is Jan Hill, proud mother of newborns Anna and Sophia. But Jan is not the much younger wife of a member of the class of '73.

Jan is class of '73. (In fact Jan's husband is older--class of '71). Jan is the 55-year-old new mother of two little girls.

I must say that it's a relief to know that along with a Bachelor's in History and a certificate in European Cultural Studies, I also got a guarantee of eternal fertility with my Princeton degree. Now that's what I paid for.


Blogger Jay said...

i hereby nominate that for scariest photo ever featured on R&R.

March 30, 2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I'll second that. Looks like she sprouted babes on her boobs. Actually, maybe she didn't even have these kiddies, maybe it's just that she has very odd shaped breasts.

March 31, 2006 11:36 AM  

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