On losing a limb

I like the way you people think.

That’s why I have yet another question for you. You people are my heroes.

I was sitting in a burrito shop yesterday on Robson with Steve, watching the parade of people that passed by, as we usually like to do. Generally we will see the odd hobo here and there, and the odd plastic surgery nightmare. It makes for good times.

Yesterday we were watching at the window when I see this indie chick and presumably her boyfriend? walk by. As people watching is a quick, highly skilled occupation, I am quick to look, and quick to look away.

But I stop myself.

Is that man’s arm around his lady?

Wait…that looks like a kid’s hand…

Wait…this girl has a BABY HAND.

Now, I know there are people out there who have one deformed hand, or both, and that’s not really what my post is about.

What I am wondering is, what would you do if you had one small, or deformed hand? Does anyone know someone who does?

I just wonder if the “tiny” hand is of any use? Can you grab stuff with it? Can you even reach your own mouth? This made me think that if I had a small hand, that I might consider lopping it right off, that is, if it was of no use.

Then again, I pose another question. Does it disturb you to see someone with a deformity like that? I hate to say it, but it kind of creeps me out. I am a totally accepting person, but the baby hand thing really gives me the shivers.

Wait, now that I think about it, there’s this kid that’s on “the scene” in Calgary who has a little baby hand I think…Steve, do you know the kid I’m talking about? He actually takes photos for his myspace page of his little hand displayed prominently in front of things like a display of apples. He always shakes hands with the little hand, too. I think the shock value that the guy gets from that is totally funny though. He knows it’s an odd thing to see a deformity like that, and he puts it RIGHT in your face.

Is it just easier to look at someone with no hand, rather than a little baby hand? Does the baby hand have the strength of a “regular” hand? What about when the hand comes straight out of the shoulder? Is that really functional??

And, yes, these are the things I think of on a Monday morning.

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12 Responses to “On losing a limb”


  1. 1 Manda Girl September 10, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Dude. I don’t even know how to respond to that post!

  2. 2 LMizzle September 10, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Hahaha. Yeah, it’s a little bit of an odd topic…

  3. 3 Steve V September 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I know the kid you’re thinking about. His name is Mathew Kee(sp?) and he doesn’t have any fingers on his right hand, it’s just a thumb and a stump. It looks kinda like a fleshy mitten.

    Really nice guy.

    oh, and if I had a baby arm, I’d lop it off and see if I could get a mechanical arm like the gray mouse on Biker Mice from Mars.

  4. 4 Anonymous September 10, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Hey! I know Mat! He calls it a nubbin…I think. He told me that when he was in Montreal last summer he got offered to be in this porno film. Well, not him, just his hand. Apparently there is a particular fetish for that kind of thing.

    He hesitated because it was some good dollars, but in the end, decided not to do it.

    Hanging out with him, you forget about the nubbin because he’s got such an overpowering (in a good way!) personality, and you just end up having fun.

    That’s cool, because I don’t enivsion myself like that if I were in the same situation. But who knows. You learn to live with what you’ve got.

  5. 5 LMizzle September 10, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    yeah I think how that guys goes through life is totally great. I think the underline on all those photos of his hand with fruit is “JEALOUS?????”, which is hilarious!
    I think it’s all just a matter of getting to know the person, then you don’t really see it. I just think as opposed to other imparements, the irregularly shaped limb is probably the most difficult for people to deal with? I am just assuming on that one really, but I think it’s really cool that the Mat guy can have fun with it.

  6. 6 Katy September 10, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    The baby hand creeps me out, too. I am a very accepting person, too, as long as no one touches me with it.

  7. 7 Pug Mommy September 11, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Ewww… I am not grossed out by the hand but the fact that he named it “Nubbin.” That word gives me the heebie jeebies!

  8. 8 Ronin_The_Pug September 11, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Hi Lmizzle! I knew a lady who had a baby hand… it looked normal… it was just very small… and yes she could use it… to take something in it… It was weird but she learnt how to use it probably when she was little.

  9. 9 Goodboy Norman Featherstone September 11, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Hmmm … I have never known anyone with a baby hand, but I have seen people with them. I am also a bit grossed out by it, but then I feel really GUILTY because those poor people have to go through life with a baby hand. I’m not sure what I would do if it were me. I guess I would wear opera gloves all the time or something. I’d rather have a usable baby hand than an unusable prosthetic.

  10. 10 tjam September 11, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I would probably need to take a long hard look at the baby hand up close then i’d be like ‘nubbin, hum.’ Does it do tricks??? Then i’d be over it. This guy sounds like he’d be a riot to hang with! Good for him for turnin it into a positive. I don’t know about the nubbin porn, that’s too much for me.

  11. 11 Ultra Toast Mosha God September 12, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Well, On the one hand, I think it would be fun to use the small hand for self-pleasuring – because it would make The Old Chap look bigger, and on the other hand…aaaargh!!! It’s tiny!!

  12. 12 Princess Pointful September 21, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Oh my God.
    I’d totally forgotten that I knew a guy with a baby hand in elementary school that I haven’t seen since I was 10… and he just added me on Facebook.
    This was like an omen!


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