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DNA

by Dirty Blonde

Depression. Alcoholism. Suicide. Anorexia. I cannot have a child knowing what they could potentially inherit from all that lurks in the shadows of my DNA. Can you blame me?

6S

Dirty Blonde, author of Anniversary, doesn't need you to know her true identity, but swears that she's a real writer and a real blonde.

7 comments:

chriswasil said...

Very thought-provoking piece. I wonder if, as our world learns more about genetics, more people will share your concerns. As more and more traits are proven to be hereditary, will fewer people think they can shield their future children from their own downfalls? I suppose for now, the answers "lurk in the shadows," as you say. Awesome six.

chriswasil said...

Very thought-provoking piece. I wonder if, as our world learns more about genetics, more people will share your concerns. As more and more traits are proven to be hereditary, will fewer people think they can shield their future children from their own downfalls? I suppose for now, the answers "lurk in the shadows," as you say. Awesome six.

Joe said...

A fine piece, very nice and the story is one I'm sure many people ask but cannot write as eloquently as DB.

Anonymous said...

Let me add to that and give you some advice:
Depression, Suicide, Anorexia/Bulimia/Binge Eating Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Charcot Marie Tooth Syndrome, Heart Disease, Cancer.

If we had made that very difficult decision 29 years ago, we wouldn't have had two children who have had the misery dealing with many of the above-listed disasters.

No, I can't blame you. Yes, we do blame ourselves everyday.
I commend you.

Madam Z said...

I don't blame you a bit. Those are certainly unpleasant traits. It's a shame to waste the "real blonde" genes though.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

nope, I understand!
Always,
Crusty!

Quin Browne said...

questions asked.

well put.

decisions made are personal, and i don't regret i by-passed dna, and went on lessons learned.