Monday, December 22, 2014
#Microblog Mondays: Casual Genes
This weekend was my grandmother's Ohio funeral, where extended family and local friends all gathered to celebrate a life well lived and find comfort for our loss in sharing stories of an amazing woman. It is always hard to be reminded that we don't have kids, that I am the oldest grandchild and live in house with "just us two" (really four, because we have to count our cats) -- but that's just where we continue to be.
Friday night, over wine in the sitting room, there were many jokey stories told about how short the women in our family tend to be -- both when they first start out and then as they shrink, as older ladies tend to do. My mom said that it was interesting that I am the tallest in our family (at 5'6" I am two inches taller than even my stepfather), and then said, "Well, both my girls married very tall men," which then prompted a murmur of, "ah, tall genes!"
My sister has tall stepsons, but no plans to use those tall genes for any biological children. And we would love to use those tall genes, but with donor sperm we have SOMEONE ELSE'S tall genes, the DE 2PNs give us a shot at Bryce's tall genes but then we lose my shorter genes, and if we move forward with adoption we have no idea what kind of height will grace our child(ren).
"Fat lot of good that does both of us..." I said, completely unsnarkily, and there were nervous laughs for those that heard.
If we can talk about passing genes along so casually, then we should be able to talk about NOT passing those genes on equally as casually, no?
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