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The Funny Things You Fear As A Kid

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

2 years, 9 months.

Dear Jack,

Mommy got you a really cool nightlight today. It’s your first one, actually.

Ah yes, the time has finally come when we can’t simply lay you down for the night, in the pitch black darkness of your room, without thoughts of monsters under your bed or in your closet.

Actually, it’s not really that classic fear of monsters that sets you back. I’m sort of convinced you like monsters and that the thought of them being scary has never crossed your mind.

Instead, the prompt to get you a nightlight was based more on the fact you recently have been convinced there is “blackbird” in your room.

It almost sounds like a scene from a PG-13 rated horror movie.

In other words, it’s creepier for Mommy and me that it probably is for you to think about a blackbird in your room.

So we figured a Volkswagen Bug night light would be a good way to help dissolve those thoughts of yours.

It’s completely normal, as a kid, to fear things in your bedroom that aren’t really there; especially when it’s dark.

For me, it was aliens. In hindsight, though, I’ve yet to actually be confronted by an alien in real life- though I still think M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen.

And of course, I can also definitely relate to the Internet meme that is starting to circulate on Facebook about quicksand. Seriously, I feel like quicksand was the plot device of so many TV shows and movies I saw as a kid!

It’s true: I’ve yet to experience quicksand.

As for you, I often wonder if during my roughhousing with you, as I pretend to be assorted rabid jungle animals, like tigers and snakes, if you’ll fear those things will show up in your room.


Pretty much just that creepy blackbird for you.

Forget about me checking under your bed for monsters. Instead, I may end up having to check your window sill for a blackbird.

That’s if your Volkswagen nightlight doesn’t scare it off first.





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