Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chicken or the egg?

A woman is born with all the eggs she'll ever have. Ovaries are made when a female fetus is in the the womb. That got me to thinking; half of me was created when my grandmother was pregnant with my mother. When I was pregnant with Piccolina I was not only creating her but also half of the genetic material of my grandchildren.

In this way we are all tied to our grandmothers.

Mothers of daughters have a ties to their grandchildren.

There is a very tangible connection we all have to our female ancestors.

Women have a special connection to each other through the generations.

This universality feels so unique.


Mrs. Spit said...

And, our mitochondrial DNA is entirely our mother's, and her mother's and her mother's before us.

As I held my son, I thought of that. I thought of a long line of women who had known joy and sorry, happiness and pain, and that they shared their DNA with Gabriel.

Lori said...

That is a comforting thought as I consider my mom and her mom and all the moms all the way back.

And, at the same time, I am sad that my daughter won't feel that connection to me.

Amber said...

Goodness Mrs. Spit, Even your comments leave me speechless.

Lori, I have so much empathy for what you are saying. I'm sad, too. But the alternative of not having a baby is even sadder (more sad?).