ophelia floats (opheliafloats) wrote,
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Writer's Block: Fearsome

The boogeyman, global thermonuclear war, being forced to eat broccoli—there's a lot to be afraid of when you're a kid. What was your biggest childhood fear?

I tried to find a picture to illustrate this (which was, in itself, a scary process), but try to imagine it since I couldn't find one that did it justice:
When I was little, my mom had a vintage doll that stood on her dresser top, forever staring ~ she had slightly yellowish skin, tiny protruding teeth, chipped painted red nails, and human hair.  She wore a faded dress and pinafore and stood, with the aid of a metal stand, with her head slightly tiled and her arms outstretched. 
I was so terrified of the doll that every time I went into my parent's room, I had to maintain constant eye contact with it to make sure it didn't pounce on me when I looked away.  I also tried to pretend I thought it was cute so that it wouldn't despise me and shred my face (with it's tiny, sharp, red nails) in my sleep.  I once had a nightmare that the doll was living inside the wall and would scratch and scratch to escape...

Anyway, while I was in Paris (January 6-9th) we went to a Musee du Poupee, Doll Museum, out of some sick fascination.  It was definitely creepy!  When describing it to his cousin, I said, "some were surprisingly cute, but most of them looked like they want to eat your soul."

Tags: childhood fears, writer's block
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