Originally Posted by notyetamommy
To be clear, this was the baby book for the adult father, not the baby. I wonder how he feels about seeing it.
When this thread first came up, I didn't comment on it. I had an initial reaction and felt I had to let it sink in before I commented for fear that I would go overboard but in the days since, my reaction has not changed.
Now, when I was born, doctors were still circumcising boys without permission of the parents. I know for a fact that this happened in my hometown area. My parents are both dead so this issue of whether or not they agreed to my circumcision can not be explained to me.
I suspect that if I did find a dead and dried out part of my genitals in my baby book I would be enraged. It would appear to be proof positive that my parents did this to me consciously and with their full participation and that my dead dried out genital parts were kept as some kind of morbid trophy instead of a keepsake. It's just too morbid to be a keepsake.
That being the case, I suspect it would have caused a permanent gulf between me and at least my mother and probably my father as well. I don't think I would have ever gotten over it. It would be an implied statement that they were proud of what they had done to me and wanted to keep my dead and dried out genital parts as a reminder.