"JFK Fetal Syndrome"*

Taking it to the streets.

I grew up in an age when I perceived that I should have a label or some labels to describe myself to others. Where are you from? What do you do? Who are you? What is your problem? Well, to quip, I came up with JFK Fetal Syndrome to explain my pain. I was conceived around the time of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, so while I was in my Mother's womb, the country I love and was born in was in mourning as I was forming. I'm cursing along, 20 days old and bam! That's where I was. Henry Gray (1825–1861).  Anatomy of the Human Body.  1918.

Henry Gray (1825–1861).  Anatomy of the Human Body.  1918.

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So, is it real? I would say no. I'm 50+ now with a family of my own, I read somewhere that the fetus is protected from it's mother's stress. I do have real labels now I use to describe myself; that help me save time when communicating with people. My health, my occupation, my star sign, my business elevator pitch, all use labels so I'm not against them unless I catch myself using them to be uselessly hard on myself.

John F Kennedy Official Portrait


*I am not making fun or light of real syndromes or illnesses. I have my own and I know they are real and difficult. I do believe that humor and not taking oneself too seriously has healing effects.


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