Celebrating the anniversary of my extraction

On this day, many, many years ago, I was pulled from the womb of my unconscious mother with forceps. Later, according to my mother’s account, when a nurse brought me to her, she refused to take me, saying, “No, I haven’t had my baby yet.” A few friends and loved ones seem to think that this somehow explains not only my unusually misshapen head, but the fact that I suffer from anxiety, depression, and any number of other ailments that contribute toward making me a miserable human being. Personally, I don’t think the circumstances of my extraction were all that traumatic… at least relatively speaking… as, just a few hours later, a stranger with a box cutter was allowed to mutilate my genitals for the Lord.

Anyway, it’s something that I think about often, and have written about at length before, in comic form. Here, if you haven’t seen it, is a panel, which I drew about a dozen years ago, showing my extraction… My mom, as you can see, has feet like overcooked elbow macaroni.

This year, my birthday was spent at home, tending to sick family members. I’d like to be angry at them, but, as I’m the one that gave them the flu, I guess it’s only fair… And they did get me some great gifts. (Much better than the year that Linette bought me a comb for my birthday.) I got a really cool cookbook by the Southern Foodways Alliance, and a 19-disk Norman Lear box set… So, instead of writing about the Pope this evening, as I’d intended to, I’ll be reliving my childhood with Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, and Maude Findlay, as my loved ones call for my help in vain.

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  1. Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! I was stuck in the birth canal too and the doctor was going to use forceps. He was determined that I be a “St. Patrick’s Day” baby. I guess I was too because I swam out at about 10:39 at night. I can just picture the scene…my mom smoking, the doctor smoking, my dad in the waiting room smoking….

  2. Erika
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday. Today is my dad’s birthday, too. And mine was the 9th. We Aquarians are a special breed.

  3. Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! And you share a birthday with Sarah Palin too!

  4. tommy
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Obvious by the photo that you have always leaned (hung) to the left. Have a great day!

  5. anonymous
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I had a perfect hippie birth. No drugs. On a farm. Immediately snuggled with my mother. No one lopped off my genitals. And I’m still a psychological and emotional mess. I hope that brings you some comfort.

  6. Edward
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Birth is an unpleasant business, but the alternative is worse. As Bob Dylan says, “he not busy being born is busy dying.” Happy birthday.

  7. Eel
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Mental health is overrated. Well-adjusted people don’t do shit in this world. I’d take an depressive obsessive over a pack of “normal” people any day of the week.

  8. 734
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Anyone who wants to do the math and figure out just how old Mark really is, will find a clue by following this link.


  9. Jessie H
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

  10. XXX
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    You had it easy. They pulled me out like I was a tree stump.

  11. 29 Nancy
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who looks at you and thinks “Tin Drum”?


  12. anon
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink


  13. Tim Timmons
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if it’s Palin’s birthday, but I’m pretty sure that February 11 is the day that Whitney Houston died.

  14. isabel maran
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Thayrone alluded to you on his show yesterday. Happy birthday.

  15. Karen
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Your penis is just as beautiful as I’d imagined it.

  16. S.P.S.
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    “A stranger with a box cutter was allowed to mutilate my genitals for the Lord.” Amen, Brother. That’s some Taliban kind of bullshit right there.

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