Kids are so impressionable, aren’t they?
It only takes one small event, one brief moment, to establish a lifelong fear in their little minds.
Here are some examples…
When my daughter was about 5 years old, she had a horrific, near-death experience with an overflowing toilet. It was quite traumatic for her. We were on vacation at an older timeshare spot in Lake Arrowhead. She had gone in to go “potty” before bed… nothing unusual. But then we heard the toilet flush… seconds later, we heard a scream followed by the sickening sound of water sloshing onto the floor. Poor little thing has never been the same. Now, when she actually does have the courage to flush a toilet, she’s usually running out the door before the little toilet handle can spring back into place.
My son recently had the pleasure of setting off the fire alarm while making toast for breakfast. I seriously feared that he was going to have a heart attack when that little baby went off! He was shaking for like 20 minutes afterwards. And now, whenever he even hears the toaster being brought out of the cabinet, he stops what he’s doing, comes running from, wherever, and closes all the doors to the kitchen in effort to protect his precious nerves from unraveling.
Me? I have an unreasonable fear of drains. Nothing specific. Not a certain type of drain. Any drain will do. I freak out when I step on the drain in the shower, I keep a sharp eye on the drain in the swimming pool to make sure it’s not coming after me, and I always exit the bathtub before pulling the plug to drain the water. What’s remarkable about this is, my older sister has the same fear! A few years ago at a family reunion, we discovered the “moment” behind the fear. An aunt that used to babysit us when we were little once told us that the drain was going to suck us in if we didn’t get out of the bathtub when she pulled the plug. It was the only way she could get us to end our bath time fun. And thus began a lifelong, irrational fear that will haunt and mock me until the day I die… probably a death by drain.
Do you have any lifelong fears that were born from a seemingly innocuous moment?
If so, I’d love to hear about it.
TOILETS, and ALARMS, and DRAINS… OH MY!
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