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things that go bump in the night

ChristmasRetroShop-GraphicsFairy2While not necessarily a scaredy-cat, I scare big-time about lots of little things. I’m not talking spiders (I get rid of them myself) or the dark (although I am cautious about tripping over my bunny slippers if I can’t see them); and I’m certainly not talking about life’s major issues. I’m referring to these odd, quirky, shared-by-some-but-not-by-most tiny terrors:

Clowns. Seriously, why would anyone have to paint a smile on their face? Could it be that they’re hiding demonic intentions? (Refer to Stephen King’s It if you need further clarification.)c0019a

Stephen King novels. See above.

The anticipation of the sound of chalk scratching the blackboard.

The sound of chalk scratching the blackboard.

Cats. (Not enough to avoid petting them or being around them, but enough not to look in their eyes for too long or to be left alone in a room with them.)

People who love cats too much.

Reaching into an uncooked turkey to pull out the giblets.

The word “giblets.”

Flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.

Flying monkeys in general.

Bats (sort of like tiny flying monkeys).

Mice (sort of like bats without wings).

imagesTwo-year-olds who can recite the names of all the U.S. presidents.

Grown-ups who act like two-year-olds.

The silence when I pick up the phone and say “hello.” (Is it a crazed axe murderer checking to see if I’m home?)

The telemarketer’s voice when I pick up the phone and say “hello.” (Just kill me now.)

Taking the lid off a tub of cream cheese and finding mold inside.

Taking the lid off a tub of cream cheese and finding out we’re out of bagels.

That sound the last little piggy makes all the way home (reminiscent of the sound of the shower scene in11954238851907349503Machovka_Pink_pig.svg.med Psycho).

Bacon.

Making this list.

Reading this list.

© 2013 Claudia Grossman

2 comments on “things that go bump in the night

  1. Ha! you are definitely not alone in these fears my dear!! perhaps we might cling to our safety in numbers. 😀

  2. Claudia, Wonderfully clever, one of your best!! How did you know I hate the flying monkies, and bats totally freak me out, we’d sleep outdoors at the Lake, and they would terrify the girls and I!! Will forward this on~ Judi Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:16:16 +0000 To: j_k_specialties@msn.com

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