The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

Need to Be Away


I need to be away a bit from the rudeness in my Department for a while.  So, I came here in my "back-back" office to get away from the folks who have been hurtful for a while.  There is no real use in talking about their sh*tty actions.  It does not do any good.  So, I will move on:

There was an interesting news item that came across my phone's news feed today (via BBC).  It was about a 68 year old woman who paid another woman to carry a surrogacy pregnancy for her using the surrogate's egg and using sperm from the 68 year old woman's dead son.  So in effect, this woman paid a surrogate to incubate her grandchild.  This 68 year old woman also happens to be a famous actress on Spanish television named Ana Obergon.  Her son died at the age of 27 in 2020 due to cancer.  It was his last wish to have produced offspring. 

My first impression was that this was an incredibly special thing that Ana Obergon did on behalf of her son.  She is committed to raising the child as her granddaughter.  

Then, I also began to wonder about the child having to deal with having a deceased father and a "surrogate" mother who gave up any rights to contact/interact with her.  Added on that was the worry about the length of time her grandmother may remain alive.... and all of these items had me also feel sad for the granddaughter.

Overall, the story is interesting, but it does raise a number of issues of concern, so I am not fully sure where I stand on the issue now.    

* * * * * 

  • Ran 10 miles this morning (~16 km).
  • We had experienced VERY HEAVY thunderstorms and 1 inch (~2.5 cm) hail this morning and now in the early afternoon it is still very heavy rain.  By mid-morning, all the snow had melted (other than in the piles of snow in parking lots) due to the warm temperatures and the heavy rain.  We are expected to reach an unheard of high temperature for this time of year of 72 degrees (~22 C)!
  • PCS = 9.  I have been wanting a pipe pretty strenuously since the damn bus escapade last week.  But, now, a significant part of that desire is due to the significantly hurt feelings I have due to the actions of a person in my Department.  It used to be that if my feelings were hurt, I would have a pipe and it would feel consoling and comforting.  
  • My wife is going to a specialist today for consultation for a health issue related to her diabetes, but indirectly so.... so it is not an endocrinologist, but a podiatric specialist.  I hope it goes well.


Blogger Margaret said...

I too am torn about that surrogate situation. I hope she has other younger family members who can take over if she is in ill health or dies before the granddaughter is independent. You seem to be owed a pipe after that bus incident! That's what I think anyway. I hope your wife isn't having neuropathy. That can be painful.

Wednesday, 05 April, 2023  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

The concerns you raise are valid. I hope the child has a good life.

Wednesday, 05 April, 2023  
Blogger The Blog Fodder said...

Science is well ahead of our ethical and moral ability to deal with it.

Friday, 07 April, 2023  

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