Fears, phobias, neuroses... we’ve all got ‘em. There’s a sub-category, though, that I can’t decide if it goes under “fears” or “phobias.” It’s the “freaks me out and gives me the willies” category. These are the things that make your skin crawl but other people look at you like you’re crazy when you admit it.
Now, as crazy as my list may be, Counselor Shelley assures my Darling Geek that as long as these things don’t keep interfere with living a normal life, they’re really not problems that require therapy– no matter how strange DG thinks they are. (Of course, Counselor Shelley can turn her eyelids inside out and that’s just gross and cringe-worthy, but that doesn’t stop her from doing it just to watch me squirm. Yeah, she’s real helpful like that.)
So, my list of “things that freak me out and give me the willies”:
#5: Gerbils. ‘Nuff said there. There’s nothing about a gerbil that doesn’t make my skin crawl. Ugh.
#4: Crunchy Peanut Butter. It’s a texture thing – smooth and creamy with bits in it, too? Blech. It’s just wrong.
#3: Water Chestnuts. I know they don’t taste like anything, but I swear the sound and the texture makes me think I’m eating a bug.
#2: Teeth. Specifically loose teeth that need pulling. (My skin started crawling just typing that.) AC learned after her very first loose tooth not to come to me. I don’t want to see them wiggle and I sure as hell do not want to pull it. Once it’s out, I’m fine. The actual tooth doesn’t bother me – it’s the process of getting it out that just gives me massive willies. Once when DG was out of town, AC had a tooth that was about ready to be pulled. I was ready to make WonderMom drive all the way out to my house to pull it so I wouldn’t have to.
#1: Claymation. Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run.. I’d rather watch a slasher flick where people are slathered with crunchy peanut butter so gerbils will gnaw their heads off. It would be less nightmare-inducing than Claymation. I don’t know why it bugs me, but it does. It’s just wrong. I sat through one Wallace and Gromit movie in the theatre with AC and I read the whole time so I didn’t have to see the 20-foot tall claymation bunny and be scarred for life.
And while it’s not the same type of animation, that stop-motion puppetry they used in the 60s to make movies like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is just as bad.
And this guy gave me nightmares for years.
I can’t believe I just searched the internet for those images and posted them on my blog. I won’t be able to sleep tonight.
I’ve banned those “classic childhood movies” from my house entirely. I’m afraid the evil will permeate the walls and cause the house to be haunted.
So, there are five things about me that you may find charming and cute or you may decide I’m truly insane. (Reason number 3 I married DG is “he thinks my brand of crazy is kinda cute.”)
What creeps you out but no one understands exactly why?
PS: Everyone think happy thoughts for Counselor Shelley over the next couple of weeks and send “smart” vibes her way. She’ll be sitting her Ph.D comps in late May/early June.
PPS: Contest winners! I’m behind announcing contest winners!! Pat L, you’re the winner of some books I picked up at RT (yes, I’m very behind announcing that winner). Email me with a shipping address to claim!
And the winner of the March/April “Take a Mental Health Day” contest is Tabatha B. of Corpus Christie, TX!