Sunday, October 22, 2006

My gift to her

Listening to this week's Quirks and Quarks, I heard a segment about why some folks sneeze when they walk out into the sun. Of course, this interested me because I am one of those weirdos. The explaination given for this behavior, which is known as photic sneeze reflex, is nerves from the eyes and nose suffer some degree of crosstalk, with intense optical sensation resulting in spurious "tickling" of the nose.

What does this have to do with the Wickland family? When we took Eliana home from the hospital, I carried her through the dark entryway and out into the gloriously sunny, beautiful day. Being a newbie father, I forgot to put the shade of her car seat up. She responded with a quick sneeze or two.

As it turns out, this trait is also known as ACHOO, where the 'A' stands for "autosomal dominant", meaning that the characteristic is genetically dominant. As far as I know, Elizabeth does not sneeze due to bright sun. By the laws of inheritance, sun sneezing is one of my little gifts to my daughter.


Elizabeth Wickland said...

what a generous father you are! =) for the record, you also gave her the ability to zone out whenever a television is on. =)

Anonymous said...

okay. so i head on here to comment about how nice you were, leif, to share something with your daughter and then i read Elizabeth's comment and i LAUGHED OUT LOUD and have forgotten whatever else it was that i planned to comment! - tam

Jaime said...

I've always wondered about hat! I sneeze and so does my oldest. Now I have a name for it. :-)