Lauren and her mom were sitting on the couch under a window in the den. Wyatt was playing quietly on the floor and he looked up towards Mommom and the sun light, shining through the window, caught his eyes just right and it caused him to sneeze. He then looked up again and sneezed again.
Lauren's mom said something like "I hope he is not getting a cold."
"He is all right." I said "It was probably the sun that caused the sneeze."
She looked at me like I was a little off. "The sun?"
"Yeah. You know how when you walk out into the sun and it catches you just right it causes you to sneeze?"
She just looked at me.
I explained again.
She just just stared at me like I was nuts. "I have never heard of that." she said
I thought she was nuts. I thought the sun caused everyone to sneeze. I know it causes me to sneeze, it causes Max to sneeze and I guess it makes Wyatt sneeze.
Lauren spoke up at this point and called it photic sneeze reflex. Her mom never heard of it. I never heard of the phrase but I knew what it was.
I did some research online and I found out that Photic Sneeze Refelx is a genetic quirk that affects 18 to35 percent of the popluation.
I have thought my entire life, that sun light can make any one sneeze. I thought it was normal.
Lauren's mom, for her entire life, never realized that the sun can cause sneezes. She thought it was abnormal.
With this genetic quirk only affecting less than one third of the popluation Lauren's mom has been, all this time, correct about me. I am abnormal.
For scientific purposes I need to know, have you heard of this Photic Sneeze reflex? Do you have it? Do you know someone who has it?
Now a few people left some comments on this post (Susie, Mainline Mom, Crumb, Ali ) all equated a sneeze to an orgasm. I have Photic Sneeze Reflex. Jealous?