And so it begins…and ends…

‘Tis the season of back to school, which for us this year is a bit more involved. Our eldest, Erin, is headed back for her second year at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee (9-hour drive). Our mErin and Mattiddle, Matthew, is off to Blacksburg, Virginia for his freshman year at Virginia Tech (9.5-hour drive).

So as they begin their (hopefully) glorious college years, one can’t help but reminisce, about their childhood, and family times (sniff), but also about my own college days of a “few” years back. I was blessed to meet many wonderful people early on, and several became life-long friends. So far Erin seems to be doing the same. I can only hope Matthew will be so fortunate.

For those of you parents also launching a child, I heard a great anthem, Find Your Wings, by Mark Harris. Not great for your mascara, but a terrific message. Here’s the chorus

I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams
And that faith gives you the courage
To dare to do great things

I’m here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings

…and the toughest part…

It’s not living if you don’t reach for the sky
I’ll have tears as you take off
But I’ll cheer as you fly

On another front, “Do No Harm,” my medical mystery/thriller, is with a professional critiquer (is that a word?) so I need to table it for another few weeks. Meanwhile, I’m starting on another idea that’s been percolating, and I’d love some comments… without giving away too much, suppose it were possible to only conceive a child if you WANTED to. That is, everyone (both men and women) is infertile unless they consciously reverse the process, which provides a single conception only. If they want another child they have to repeat the treatment (let’s assume it’s relatively painless and reliable). The issues this brings up fascinate me…Should the treatment be free? Should there be any eligibility requirements? e.g., pass a drug test? a parenting test? a psychological test? a test of financial stability?  The slippery slope could be defined by this question. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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3 thoughts on “And so it begins…and ends…

  1. kellysandt

    Love this idea, Tammy. You might add that either a treatment to prevent STD’s has been created, or that STD’s are running rampant, “totally free” sex has transformed culture in someway…

    Thanks for the tears about the college stuff, btw! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

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  2. Lorraine Morris

    Very interesting! I think that for the first ‘hit’ only, there should be tests for mental stability, drugs and proof that they can provide a healthy stable environment. Tests can be waved for further treatment/s. There must always be a charge………..the NHS/UK is a wonderful concept but is open to abuse by providing free treatment for non life threatening illnesses. A charge for reversing sterility would not be considered unreasonable if the clients are sincere about having a chid! hope this helps a bit!

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