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This week’s question is: If you had a time machine (i.e. a TARDIS), where would you go?
My response is a rather serious one…
I’d like to go back to the day I was born so I can find out something about my biological mother or father. I was adopted as an infant. While I love and appreciate my adoptive parents, there is the issue of not having any medical history or heritage.
My kids always ask what they are, meaning their heritage. I can tell them that they have Native American, Irish, and German on my husband’s side, but I can’t tell them anything about myself.
Like I said, there’s also the issue of having no family medical history. I can’t say if heart disease, cancer, or some other major illness runs in my family. It gets old telling this to doctors over and over whenever something happens to me medically. Instead of putting “N/A” on forms when it asks questions about family medical history, I wish I could actually fill out that part. I think it’s something a lot of people take for granted.
Unlike some people, I have no desire to meet or find the people. I just want to have information. If I could zap myself to the past, I could pretend I’m someone else, ask some questions, or sneak a peek at my mother’s records at the hospital. Then, I could come back to the present with peace of mind that I’d finally be able to answer the questions that have tortured me throughout my whole life (the horrible family tree assignment, for example), becoming more difficult as I age and my children age.
Perhaps that is a selfish use of a time machine. Could I use it for something honorable like preventing 9-11 or Columbine? I could try, but chances are no one would listen to me anyway. Plus, who knows what the consequences of changing the past might be.
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