Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The "Poor Cursed Child!"

"The problem with the GENE POOL is that there is no lifeguard." - Steven Wright

Now, this picture may look like a reasonably happy, healthy, stable "child" but apparently she is "cursed!"

During the Bikram Yoga Class last night Todd noticed the resemblance in the genetic flexibility between Paige and I. We were side by side when he stated: "This MUST be your daughter." And when I proudly affirmed that she is; Todd simply said to Paige: "You poor cursed child!"

Now what kind of remark is that?! Children already like to blame their shortcomings on their genetic defects. Who needs the yoga instructor's confirmation of the facts. So, now, if there was any question why Paige struggles with flexibility, Todd pretty much affirmed that it is ALL MY FAULT! The burden of guilt we carry as parents! Thank you, Todd! Doesn't anyone ever stop to realize that the parents also had NO CONTROL, WHATSOEVER, on the set of genes passed along to THEM!

Well, as much as I would like to be limber and contort myself into all sorts of amazing yoga poses; you pretty much just "get what you get" when it comes to your genes! Perhaps, for my progeny, the problem is similar to something Jerry Seinfeld once said describing an ugly baby in a show episode: "a little too much chlorine in that gene pool."

Alas, along with the curse of inflexibility; Paige also inherited some genes I am quite proud of: optimism, a sense of humor, and longevity... to name a few! Hopefully some of her positive genes will offset that bummer CURSE of tight muscles! Or, at the very least; she can LAUGH about it and take solace that she'll probably outlive most of the limber ladies anyway!