Non-creepy dolls, for now.
In middle school a friend, very aptly, described my creepy french clown themed bedroom as the most horrifying room in the nursing home.** Eventually I stopped collecting those dolls, I briefly moved on to collect slightly less creepy Comedy and Tragedy masks before I culled all of the menacing chachkis that haunted my room and entered high school. I can only shake my head at why I tortured myself into collecting items that terrified me. Why didn't I pack them up and put them in a box sooner and just tell my parents that I was sick of their dead inside eyes boring a hole into my soul? Why did we think it was funny to play Bloody Mary, I just don't know.
At around the same age, my husband, Chris used to listen to a clock radio before he went to sleep at night. He would instantly get scared when one of two popular songs came on the air, Thriller and Somebody's Watching Me, yet he continually listened, knowing that they were top 40 hits and were sure to be played.
Were we both just miraculously stupid children? Maybe. But I also think I understand the source for this idiotic behaviour, bed time children's stories.
We read a story, or three, to Molly and Jack every night. Right now, as far as I can tell, they aren't really scared of anything. In fact Molly LOVES IT if you jump out at her and yell. She also loves to be chased. Lack of fear aside, I'm beginning to notice a theme in a lot of these "night time" stories. Probably one in six we read make references to a bed bug bite attack or checking closets and under the bed for monsters. Why are we reading them stories that teach them to be scared of the Boogeyman? Who writes these stories that promote the bed time equals scary time formula anyway? Sadistic children's story authors, that's who. Bed time probably shouldn't involve scare tactics, yet we continue to read them these stories, because apparently we are no smarter than we were 25 years ago.
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*Creepy sad clown french mimes.
**No New Kids on the Block posters for this gal.