A Childhood Fear


“A childhood fear you got over”
 
 – writing prompt

 

 

So, I’m about 9 or 10 years old, home with a babysitter. What did I want to do? Watch a movie, of course. After some quick searching, we found the movie Gloria. Sharon Stone playing a woman who takes in a little boy to live with her. Sounds cute and innocent, right? What could go wrong? Well, cute as it was, there was also a super scary (in child terms) scene close to the beginning of the movie. Long story short, this little boy looses his family to an intruder with a gun. For whatever reason, this whole part really got to me and from then on, for a long time, I was terrified that the same thing would happen to me. Every single night, I would be scared silly that me and my family were bound to be gunned down at any second. The fear was not fun, I can remember it to this day. I would constantly look to my mom and dad for reassurance that we were safe in our home. My poor dad tried taking me out for walks every night, to show me that even in the dark, our neighborhood was quiet and risk-free. My parents really tried everything. Even putting me in therapy! But sadly, I was still scared at night. Finally, god knows how, a few things my dad said to me really helped. I asked him what he would do in the case of an attack; he smiled and replied that he would “punch the guy so hard that his nose would go inside his face”. Quite the vision, I know. The other helpful little tidbit of info that he gave me, was that the chances of that awful thing happening, were equal to the chances of Julia Roberts walking in our door. Bingo! These two things cured me! I will never understand how a child’s mind works…


P.S. I really enjoyed this movie when re-watching it as an adult! 

P.P.S What are some of your childhood fears?

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