Dutch colleague: Where do you live in England?
Wendy: Reading town
Dutch colleague: and your family?
Wendy: No, they live in Bristol (notices the look of shock, or horror, on the Dutch native’s face). My family are mainly my parents
Statistically speaking a girl of my age is likely to have been married at least once and given birth at least once. ‘My family’ has changed in the mind of my peers from primarily being parents and siblings to primarily being partner and children. I’ve been a bit slow to catch-up on this shift because for me my family has remain relatively (pause to appreciate double meaning) static as everyone’s parents and siblings, plus the nieces…..
Statistics are often a poor way to make assumptions about individual cases…..anticipating variance and diversity is rewarding….