I consider myself pretty weird. Never really doing the normal things you would expect a child, never-the-less an adult, to do. Perhaps that is one of the reasons my dad’s nickname for me was Dumb Shit. (Remember back a few posts – this was not a bad thing, but a very loving way of telling me I did something stupid. He ALWAYS said it with love and laughter.)
As a child, my fear was moths. There was a very valid reason for this. I have naturally thick, curly hair (thank you also to Dad) and we loved to play under the yard light at night. We had Fire Flies, bats, and of course Miller moths.
The Fireflies needed to run from us. We needed to run from bats dive-bombing all the bugs around the light. The moths were different. They are attracted to the light, yes, but they are also attracted to heat. What is better warmth than a bunch of farm kids at play? So the buggers would smack right into us – faces, hands, arms, but the worst was hair.
Straight hair kids never had any worries. The monsters would simply bounce right off them, not so for us curly locks. They would dive down and then get tangled up in the curls. The worst part was trying to get them out. Do you know what it sounds like when you bite down on a semi-stale piece of toast? That yummy crunching sound is exactly like the sound of trying to get a moth out of your curly hair – YUCK!
There was not only the fluttering in your fingers of it trying desperately to escape, but the crunching sounds as you hold it too tight then try to rip it out. This usually included taking several strands of hair with it.
I don’t mind normal things like spiders or snakes as long as I see them first. Spiders in our house and I have an agreement: You stay on the ceiling, and you are safe. Come down to my level, and you die. We have a skylight where they usually go for the winter because all the heat is up there. However, it never fails that sometime within those colder months someone gets stupid and decides to venture down to my level…too bad, so sad, you die!
We have three main snakes we need to know about here in Colorado:
- The Rattler, (mega fear – not a weird one) which everyone knows is someone you do NOT want to meet.
- The Bull Snake, which I love because they keep the Rattlers off our property. (You always want to check our snakes – tail first – the first, best way to tell which you have in front of you.)
- Then there is the beautiful, and harmless to humans, Garder Snake. Some people call it the Gardener snake since you will usually find in while gardening. This is a bug-a-holic, and we love it. They usually don’t get more than about a foot long. Roughly the size of a quarter around, and will be really stupid on occasion and try to swallow a toad that is three times bigger than its head. We helped one to spit it out – idiot.
Lately, I have taken up the stranger fear of survival. I am not a Prepper, (although I wish I were) just a small farmer that likes to grow and save our own foods. My family and I were watching Halloween movies over last weekend, and one that came up out of our stash was:
I started to remember that the first time I heard of this book I had to have it. I was just becoming a big fan of Mr. King and was trying to purchase every book he created. Well, I got the book alright. I started to read it and got sucked into it. Yes, I believe that a person’s imagination can be much stronger than any movie. Well, my imagination went nuts when I discovered that all the things in this book were to take place starting 1985. It was only 1978 when I started reading it. I got less than halfway through and had to put it down. I did not pick it up to finish it until after 1985 had passed. Now, how silly was that? I guess it just goes to prove what a great writer I find him to be. He sucked me right into his game at the best time – KUDOS Mr. King.
I consider that quite an accomplishment for any author that can get me to read their fiction or fantasy novel. Being more of a how-to or ways to improve my body, mind, skills, or soul kind of reader; there are only a couple of the “FF” types of books that I have read:
- Stephen King
- JK Rowling (yep, I am a Harry Potter Head – so is my cousin of the same age – haha.)
- When I was much younger I did love the Nancy Drew Books
- I loved the Child Craft set. They were not really fantasy or fiction but they did get the childhood imagination flowing. I still remember that they had a dark gray hardcover to them. There were fifteen total books in the set. They were filled with anything you ever wanted to know as a kid. I don’t know when they stopped making them, but I wish they were back now for my grandson to enjoy. I found this set for sale on eBay, not exactly the same, and a bit out of my price range- boo hoo.
As I said earlier, I have developed an odd fear regarding survival. It could be because my sister and I are hooked on watching the Walking Dead . We don’t watch for the zombies (even though the special effects are outstanding), we watch for the human nature part of it. If you have seen it, you understand. If you have not seen it, you may want to give it a shot – unless you have an odd fear of zombies, then don’t.
So today’s post is shared to celebrate our weird fears. May they keep our hearts pumping, and our skin jumping.
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