Watch out for lurkers…
October 26, 2011 § 12 Comments
In the spirit of Halloween,
I have a confession.
Any odd noises in the house, branches tapping on the window, strange people walking by outside- someone was out to get me. And the dark? Don’t even get me started. [You can see how I handled haunted houses here.] You might be wondering how it began, this paranoia, thinking that my parents allowed me to sit around and watch horror movies all day, and you’re right.
They did. Day and night.
[They even had to limit my viewing of Rescue 911 (remember that show?) as the dramatic reenactments and traumas freaked me out.]
I don’t know where it came from. Let’s just blame my brother.
Nonetheless, I was easily startled (that, I know I got from my mother, but we’ll continue to blame my brother because I think it’s a rule) and hated being home alone. We had an attic and a basement where I always thought things were “lurking.” What things? Madmen, creatures, or my brother. As soon as my family left or was asleep for the night, things could lurk freely about the house.
The shower was the worst. No, not Psycho style. I imagined someone was waiting in the shower when I went into the bathroom. I mean, think about it. Best place to hide. Who thinks to look in the shower?
Well, this girl.
I pictured someone crouching, Spiderman style, on the ceiling of the shower. Or just standing in it, ready to pounce on me at the first chance. For years….I mean years, I would have this routine: push open the bathroom door police raid style (hard, thus surprising anyone potentially “lurking” behind the door, of course), flip on the light, and before going in, push back the shower curtain and run my gaze from the ceiling to the tub. All clear.
I did this every time. Every. Time.
Why did I do this? You probably all think I’m crazy. But, you will be happy to know that I eventually got over it. I no longer check restrooms like the FBI and can handle being home alone. I mean, I still don’t like the dark, but who likes the dark?
Don’t judge me. I can’t be the only one. Anyone else out there with unfounded fears? Please?