Friday, August 03, 2007


I don't know what had me thinking about this last night but when I was a kid I was afraid of three things. I lived up in northern Michigan, 2 miles inland from the big beautiful Lake Michigan. You know, you can't see anything but water in any direction when you stand on the shore?

I was scared killer bees would get me.
I was scared a black hole would swallow us up.
I was scared there would be a tidal wave on Lake Michigan.

You know, a tsunami.

It seemed perfectly reasonable at the time. We had water - they had water. To my nine-year-old mind there was no difference between the coast of Japan and the coast of Michigan. We had bees - how did anyone KNOW they were not killer bees?

I admit the black hole was pure silliness. (I wasn't too bright.)

What were your (irrational) childhood fears?

(See you Sunday! And here is something I won't be doing on vacation.)


Blogger ami said...

I have no idea where this one came from, and it's quite possibly the most absurd thing ever.... but I used to be terrified that the head of George Washington's ghost would get me when I was going upstairs to bed if I didn't turn the hallway light on.


7:44 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

I was afraid vampires were going to bite me. But if I ran into bed after turning off the lights and covered up all the way to my neck, they couldn't find a place to bite.

I was terrified of those big mall garages. No idea why.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

I was also terrifed of killer bees. My older brothers used to tell me to freeze if there was a bee around me--it was a killer bee. And I'd stand totally still for far too long. Meanies!

8:32 AM  
Blogger KnitTech said...

Giant fish. I was three when Dad caught a fish LARGER then me. I just knew it was going to get me.

8:44 AM  
Blogger teabird said...

Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode, "Little Girl Lost"? I was afraid I'd slip into another dimension.

I was a very weird child.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Fantastic. And they all seem pretty rational fears to me. I mean, things happen.

Mine were... I wouldn't sleep without covers. I thought if someone tried to kill me, maybe the covers would provide JUST enough thickness to keep the knife from hitting my heart, or some such shit. Crazy, I know. But I still have to have something on me when I sleep.

9:08 AM  
Blogger TheBunny said...

Bees in general but killer bees were a biggie. I think they were getting a lot of press and movies and stuff.

I was afraid an airplane or helicopter would hit our house (I can thank an episode of Emergency! for that one).

And I was afraid of axes. I can thank Where The Red Fern Grows for THAT one! Still don't like 'em much.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Love the L. Michigan tsunami!

I was terrified of men with beards, especially dark-haired men with beards. I would run and hide. My dad and (much) older brother are both very blond and clean-shaven.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Honestly, I was afraid of vampires. I think I caught part of a Christopher Lee vampire movie as a child and for years had to sleep with all my blankets scrunched up near my neck. 'Cause you know, that will stop a vampire.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous lorinda said...

I was like Adrian Monk with my list of fears, but the one that's the most vivid (and the most embarrassing) is that Jesus would come back when I was in the bathroom. I would always do my business really quickly!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Meghann said...

When I was a kid I had a recurring nightmare that there were sharks in the lake my grandparents had a camp and when I got in to swim, they would eat me. Totally irrational.

I still have a fear of house fires. When I was a kid I would become hysterical when we had those classes about what to do in case of a fire.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Deenz said...

Mine definitely qualifies for the irrational...or at least creative!

I remember being afraid of these end-of-pipe things I used to see all over the streets of Manhattan. I don't even know what they are, but they're usually in a set of two and there is some kind of metal cap on the end (gas? water? dunno...) and they're usually coming out of the side of a building. Anyway, I came up with the idea that they were actually periscopes that The Bad Guys would watch you from and try to shoot you from or something. I ended up scaring myself with my own story, lol...

9:51 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I think vampires where a common one. Also, the 'I can't stick my feet over the edge of the bed in the night or the monsters will get me'

But I had this fear, which even I knew was stupid, that there was a vampire in the toilet, and if I wasn't careful, he would bite my bum.

Hey, I have a very vulnerable hieney, ok?

6:54 PM  

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