A Pregnant Pause . . .
In my research writing class last Friday, students were busy honing their topics and sharpening their focuses as they prepared their individual research projects for this semester. I was wandering about the classroom, offering assistance, advice, comments, whatever was required. Students needed only beckon, and I would approach.
One student called out, "Professor, over here!"
I walked over to see what she needed
"I'm thinking about getting pregnant before marriage," she said.
Astonished, I could only stare at her.
She waited a moment for me to speak, and when I didn't, she asked, "Can you help me?"
That left me even less capable of formulating a proper response. I mean, what can one say?
Again, she took the initiative. "A lot of celebrities are having babies before marriage, and I see them as role models for this."
I was starting to think that I'd need to regulate more carefully what television programs my kids can watch if celebrities have powers sufficiently great to evoke such emulation, but I still didn't know how to respond to the student.
She then said, "Because of their bad example, lots of young people are having premarital sex and even having babies. I don't think this is good for the children because they often grow up in a fatherless home, which is a disadvantage for them in Korea's Confucian society."
Everything suddenly clicked as I understood. "Oh!" I exclaimed. "You want to write about having babies before marriage!"
"Yes," she replied, giving me a puzzled look. "What did you think I meant?"