1 Glory of God
2 God’s wrath
3 too much semen
4 not enough semen
6 womb too small
7 unbecoming sitting position of the mother
8 a fall or blow to the mother’s stomach
10 corrupted semen
11 mingled semen
12 the artifice of wandering beggars
each category was thought to produce a particular kind of “freak of nature”. too much semen produced extra appendages like jean baptiste dos sontos’ double penis
too little would result in missing limbs or people of very short stature
back in the days when political correctness was unheard of, being born differently abled often meant a lifetime of being called a freak. by the mid twentieth century that term was out of fashion and those with birth defects were referred to as “poor unfortunates” or “brave poor things”
nursemyra was born with a dislocated hip, undetected until my second birthday. I had an operation and spent over a year encased in plaster, though I can recall none of it. what I do remember, however, was every december until I was 12, attending a christmas party hosted by “The Crippled Children’s Society”.
as the operation had been a success I showed no signs of being “a crip” and was torn between refusing to go and not wanting to miss out on the entertainment provided
I used to love clowns when I was a little girl. not so much now but for some people that love never dies………..