Heart Stopping Terror Around Every Corner

great-horned-owlWhen we think about terror, the most horrific things come to mind like terrorists, natural disasters and plane crashes. But there are a number of things that happen in our everyday lives that set our hearts a pounding out of control. Typically, these are little things that come back to haunt us every time we encounter them, and it’s almost embarrassing to admit that we fear these things.

Let’s start the October Frights Blog Hop by confessing our fears and phobias. You know, those things around every corner that make us jump out of our skin. Here are three of mine:

Low Flying Birds and Insects: I’m most afraid of anything that sting. When I see a bee or wasp, I flail my arms and run for the hills. The very reaction that will get me stung. I know this is a stupid thing to do, but I do it anyway, every frickin’ time.

Generally, I’m not fond of things that dive bomb my head. Who is? A couple years ago I was outside before the sunrise, chasing a couple owls, trying to take pictures. They started to dive toward me with five foot wing spans. Let’s just say I won’t be repeating that experience anytime soon.

The Dentist: It’s not just sitting in the dentists chair, it’s the anticipation that an appointment is looming, and sitting in the waiting room is the worst. I turn into a five-year-old before every appointment. I don’t care how sweet and gentle a dentist’s nature, I see them ALL like this Steve Martin clip from Little Shop of Horrors.

howiepillowsOur Beagles Baying or Barking: If you’ve been around a beagle, you know how loud they are and how quickly any scent will set them off. They can be sweet and adorable sleeping dogs one second and wailing the next. No matter how many times our two beagles go off, my heart races. Then I have to stop whatever I’m doing and figure out what got the hair up on their backs. Half the time it’s nothing more than the sadistic squirrel, I’ve named Rasputin, who spends half his day torturing Charlie and Howie.

Your turn…
What sets you off?

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10 thoughts on “Heart Stopping Terror Around Every Corner”

  1. Besides the typical mother thing – having something happen to your kids – I’m petrified to light the gas grill. I know logically, that with the lid open it’s not going to explode in my face, BUT…I can’t do it. I get my kids to do it – see above irony about something happening to my kids, LOL – or the neighbors and I stand behind the locked door until it’s lit. I know, pathetic 🙂

    • Oh, yes, the mother thing. My kids are grown, but I’m still as terrified as ever of them getting hurt. And, yeah, love the irony in your fear. LOL! What gets me is the noise that happens when you light a pilot lights. I have a gas burner on my stove that’s broken and I flinch every time I have to light it. And every time I flip the switch to turn on the gas fireplace, I turn my head away.

  2. For me, it’s always those damn spiders. Ever since I woke up with one dangling down from a web right over my face, making it look larger-than-life, I have not yet recovered… lol. Now, whenever my kids see one dashing across the room, they look right at me, smile mischievously, and point, saying, “Daddy, did you see the size of this one?” And then it’s my job to remove it, of course. That’s when my wife covers her mouth and watches my over-dramatic spider reactions as I go about trying to catch the damn thing from like five feet away. Honestly, I think stepping into a web is far worse for me. That’s when I usually perform my ‘Did it get on me?’ dance. Aside from that, clowns are my #2… but like, who isn’t afraid of clowns? Creepy bastards.

    • Scott, you’ll love this. Yesterday morning I found a hairy spider on the counter with a black ant under him. Not sure if he was eating the ant or wrapping it in a web. I have a great love of spiders and put him and the ant in a plastic container and took him out to the deck. On the other hand, I have NO love for clowns. Totally agree they are creepy bastards.

    • I almost put heights in mine. Every time I look down from a high place I want to vomit. Not a good thing when you live in Colorado and do a lot of hiking in the mountains.


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