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Monday, August 06, 2012

Why it can be hard to regret leaving Cambridge

An ad from the Crimson website:
What if the kid only ends up at a third-tier school? Does he get sent back to the manufacturer? Is there a money-back guarantee on this transaction?

8 comments:

Alpheus said...

I love the Stanford alumni email address. I guess they want their kid to have a better life than they did. :-)

Miss Self-Important said...

Ha. Also good to note in public that it's the wife's infertility that got us all into this mess. Daddy's mechanics are still worthy of their elite pedigree.

Withywindle said...

TMI! TMI! TMI!

Miss Self-Important said...

Your TMI = some hard-up Harvard student's incentive for invasive surgery?

Withywindle said...

There must be people out there for whom reading that would be an incentive. Not the sort of person I'd want to contribute genetic material, though.

Anonymous said...

I'm more sympathetic. I'm older, have more friends who have gone through Infertility Hell. NYT had an article about sperm banks, a while back: nobody will buy jiz from a man who is less than 5'9". They don't even bother to stock it any more.
My own kids: we fed them, we watered them, and we discovered what we had. They were on a course, and there was damn little we could do to guide them.
So if you are needing help to make a family, why not look for someone a lot like yourself, in hopes that you will get someone with whom you will be comfortable?
Another angle: a lot of the adoptive kids I grew up with did not match their adoptive families at all. It was very tough on the parents.
There is some snootiness in the ad, than's off-putting. But hoping for a smooth match in the family, and shared goals, what is so bad about that? dave.s.

Miss Self-Important said...

I'm not sure I see the link b/w infertility and the necessity of a tall sperm donor or a perfect SAT-scoring egg donor. Infertility can be circumvented with donor gametes, but doesn't require supermodel rocket scientist donors. So if what you want is a child, there is no need for such extravagant demands and there should, I imagine, be some resignation to the possibility that one's children, genetically-descended or not, will not be clones of oneself. If what you want is a trophy b/c you think you are the greatest being who has ever lived, then perhaps cloning is the only way to go, and this couple will have to wait a bit longer for the technology to catch up. Family harmony is desirable, but flexibility is also necessary, and a child capable of being admitted to Harvard and only such a child cannot possibly be the minimum standard for getting along with one's kids.

Alpheus said...

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a short, academically undistinguished child!