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What Were You Afraid of as a Child?

I was positive there must be someone in the attic, because there was a cross painted on the inside of the attic door! My sister and I were certain of this. Now I know that the painter was probably checking his color in a place that wouldn't show!

The strangest thing that frightened me was infinity. Once I knew what "forever" meant, I couldn't stop thinking that it goes on and on and on and on and on.....etc. (That's what I kept thinking to myself!) That is reallly mind boggling to adults, but to a little girl, it was somehow frightening.

I thought about it again when I watched a program on educational tv this week. A book by Archimedes has been found, and surprisingly, he was working on a mathematical formula for infinity. He had already found pi, many formulas that were not discovered for many centuries. That was over 2.000 years ago! The scientists and Greek scholars studying the book said that if it hadn't been lost (under a medieval manuscript) all of those years, we would have landed on Mars many years ago.

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The Blob. You know the old movie? Still freaks me out, actually.

Thunder. I'm not entirely over this one either, but when I was a child I would get hysterical during a thunder storm. No fear of lightning, though. Weird huh?
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Thunder/lightening- totally over that now, I go out an watch it
Also in one of the old houses the shed was under the house, a part of it had no light, it was soooooooo creepy, I hated it.
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Deep water (still)

The vast darkness. We lived out in the country. Sometimes while walking to my grandma's at night I would look up at the sky and get really scared of the big, dark sky. I'd feel so small that it scared me, and I'd run all the way to grandma's.

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I agree! Except, my fear was more of sharks. I grew up in Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Florida...where they filmed "Jaws." My parents made the mistake of telling me that it was filmed "right down the street" and ever since then, I've had paranoia about the water. I'll still go swiming (of course! I'm a Gulf of Mexico baby!!), but with every little shadow, I get a freaked out. But, I'm also fascinated by sharks. I constantly did research about them as a young person...trying to face my fear I guess. I can tell you what species one is just by looking at it. I swear one day I'll be snorkling and I'll turn around and stare one right in the eye.
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The dentist. Ugh, I still hate going.
I never really was afraid of water, but then again, I never got *too* far over my head since I'm not a tremendous swimmer. But on my honeymoon, we went snorkeling and you'd just be looking down and you're in 30 foot deep water. Now, it was sooo easy to float that I had no problems just floating along, but just the thought that there was all that water underneath me really freaked me out. I just kept thinking about how I could just sink to the bottom!

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The vaccuum, the dentist, really loud thunderstorms, the car stalling (dont' ask me why, but I was SO scared, I used to plug my ears!), the Thriller video by Micheal Jackson (still scares me!), and Disney's Boogady....I don't know who has seen it but I loved it as a kid even though it scared me.

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What was Mr. Boogedy about??
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Spiders - in particular, the THOUGHT that one might walk onto me during the night My mom told me - "don't worry, they can't walk over that fuzzy blanket of yours" which I took to mean - spiders can't walk over anything fuzzy. So I created a ring of stuffed animals around myself before going to sleep every night (stuffed animals being fuzzy, you see).

THINGS under the bed reaching around to grab my arms or legs at night - still need to have my at least my feet always under a blanket to this day.


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THINGS under the bed reaching around to grab my arms or legs at night - still need to have my at least my feet always under a blanket to this day.
Me too! I forgot about that one. I wonder if that's why I have to have a light cover even on a hot night.....




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