A Twinkle in My Dad’s Eye

When I asked my parents where I came from, my dad said that I started out as a twinkle in his eye, which never made any sense to me when I was young.  I know a bit more now and my mother’s eggs formed while she was inside of my grandmother’s womb, so that is where I started.  I don’t like to think of myself as part of my life started while I was inside of my grandmother’s uterus, but everybody has to start someplace.  The other day, this blogger Glyn said something that I thought was funny, well it was more like a question-and-answer joke where he asked, “What’s the bad news about being a test-tube baby?”  He then responded, “You know for certain that your dad is a wanker.”

At a certain time in a woman’s menstrual cycle which is immensely complicated, an egg (maybe more than one) will travel to their fallopian tubes and take a rest there for 24 hours.  All sperm are mobile unlike the egg, and the fellows that are lucky enough to enter the vagina are on a mission, they may get some help from the uterus, but each sperm tries as hard as they can to reach the fallopian tubes and I don’t even think that they are aware of what is waiting for them when they get there.  On rare occasions one is a winner and all the rest will end up dead after 6 days and maybe that is why God rested on Sunday as all that swimming is exhausting.

Sperm develop in the testicles within a system of tiny tubes called the seminiferous tubules.  The seminal vesicles and prostate gland make a whitish fluid called seminal fluid, which mixes with sperm form semen when a male is sexually stimulated.  A man’s testicles are constantly producing new sperm in spermatogenesis.  The full process of going from a germ cell to a mature sperm cell capable of egg fertilization takes about 64 days.  During spermatogenesis, your testicles make several million sperm per day which equates to about 1,500 per second.  By the end of a full sperm production cycle, a man can regenerate up to 8 billion sperm.  The stimulation results in pushing semen out of the penis (called ejaculation) through the urethra.

Sperm are tiny about 0.002 inches (0.05 millimeters) long tadpole looking creatures that have a head and short tail, which are actually cells.  They eat, they breath, they are living organisms and during sex 1 million sperm might reach the uterus, but only about 10,000 would make it to the top of the uterus where these the fallopian tubes are located.  They are not known to be the most intelligent organisms on the planet, as for the 10,000 sperm that make it to this point, around half of them actually go in the right direction, heading to where the egg is located.  For the nearly 5,000 sperm that make it into the utero-tubal junction, around 1,000 of these will reach the inside of the fallopian tube.  For the 1,000 sperm entering the tube, only around 200 would actually reach the egg.  In the end, only 1 lucky sperm actually penetrates and fertilizes the egg.  In excellent laboratory conditions and in a nutrient medium, they can remain alive for up to seven days, but sperm that is frozen at extremely low temperatures can survive for years.

The magic of conception (creating human life) is believed to be nature’s way of allowing only the healthiest sperm to fertilize the egg and this can happen any time in the week after sexual intercourse has taken place.  Post ejaculation, the time it takes the sperm to reach the egg can take 45 minutes to 12 hours, but sperm are capable of surviving more than six days in a woman’s body.  The lifespan of the sperm inside the vagina depends entirely on the environment they are in.  The vaginal canal is acidic and many sperm die there, but the uterus, and the fallopian tubes are less hostile to these intruders.  The more time that passed after ejaculation, the less likelihood of any egg fertilization will take place.  Research has shown that visible zinc sparks are released along with calcium levels at the time of fertilization.  This fertilization releases a flash of light, and according to scientists, the size of the zinc spark determines the egg’s ability to grow into a healthy embryo.  These sparks, or flashes of light must account for the twinkle that was in my dad’s eye and this is the story of where I was before I was born.

I am actually not very concerned what will happen to me after I die and what ever will be will be, so que sera, sera.  I think that after I am dead that my body will be cremated and put in an urn and probably reside in a mausoleum, someplace where I will be all by myself.  I had my live and regrets I have a few, but I lived it my way like Sinatra.  As far as if I have a soul and where it goes that is very seep stuff and I think I stepped into too much already, but I guess it is possibly that I will continue in some form or another after I perish, but elaborating on that will have to wait for another post.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #25 revisited, which asks “Where do you believe you were you before you were born and what do you believe will happen to you after you die?”

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