I was watching a show the other day and I heard the expression, “my biggest fear”.
I got to wondering about all the fears out there.
Fear of spiders
Fear of snakes
Fear of heights
Fear of failure
… I’m sure there are more, weird stuff like fear of the color red or fear of bananas. You’re right, Mr. Morrison, people are strange.
Through my thirty-two years, I have had several fears. One I still battle today is the fear of who might behind the shower curtain. I’m not sure when this fear developed, perhaps in my early teens when I began watching scary movies. I HAD to peek behind the shower curtain, just to be sure. Add to that the story I heard in high school of “Bloody Mary” and for the next few years, through the power of suggestion, I was terrified the few moments of switching off the lights and exiting the bathroom. Stupid, I know, but aren’t most fears?
Here is another irrational fear–dolls. I think they are creepy, disgusting, terrifying in their eerie stillness. I especially can’t stand those dolls with the blinky eyes that move when you lay the doll down. Blech. When Emma, my oldest, had her first birthday, she was given one of those creepy dolls that kind of looked like her with the yucky blinky eyes. To add insult to injury, when you pressed the hands together, it prayed one of those high pitched, only-heard-in-your-nightmare voices “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, Angels watch me through the night, Wake me in the morning light. Amen.” It seemed rather innocent, but I tucked it away in the closet, facing backwards so I wouldn’t have to stare into it’s glass eyes. But then one day Emma spotted the doll box and was so enamored she had to have it. The beginning of the dolls in the our house. Now I’m surrounded by Barbies, creepy blinky chanting dolls and yucky rubbery babies. At least we don’t have a Cabbage Patch doll that eats hair.
Now the girls are asking for those life-sized dolls that show up at Walmart around Christmas. I may have to carry around some holy water and a crucifix…
What are your biggest fears?