The other night, we had an uninvited visitor. The rattling in the ceiling fan globe in the middle of the night was out and out scary for my daughter. I’m a brave old broad, though. I surrounded the lamp fixture with a plastic bag, unscrewed it, and took the whole works outside for a closer look.
My first guess at the house guest was a big moth, drawn to the light. My daughter was sure it was a directionally-challenged mouse.
We were both wrong. It was a bat.
I said, “Cool!” as she squeaked, “Ew, ew, ew!” The dogs and the toddler weren’t involved and didn’t comment.
So, some folks are fascinated by insect-eating mammals that fly and others are repulsed. Are you afraid of bats? I’m sure there’s a name for it. Me? I hate insects, so bats are my friends.
How about you? What are you afraid of? Do you fit into any of the categories in http://www.fearof.net/top-10-phobias-of-all-time/ list? Okay, fess up: which ones? How many?
10. Trypophobia – The fear of holes. Does seeing coral, sponges or dried honeycombs throw you into a tizzy? If so, you may have this.
9. Aerophobia – The fear of flying. Hmm. Sounds like a good title for a book. I’m glad I don’t have this. I want to go to Australia again and last time I checked, it took months to sail over there. No inbound railroads or highways, either.
8. Mysophobia – The fear of germs. I can handle those; it’s sticky or dirty surfaces that make me want to scrub and scour. I guess I don’t have this one.
7. Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces. Thanks, I’ll take the stairs rather than the elevator. Need I say more?
6 Astraphobia – The fear of thunder and lightning. Hmm. If I can hear the thunder, I’m safe from the lightning. It’s still loud and scary at times. If you have this, consider a move to Anchorage. In 25 years, I only heard thunder a few times, most of that was when global warming hit a few years back.
5. Cynophobia – The fear of dogs. Most cynophobes are women. Glad to say I’m not one of them. Here, puppy, puppy…
4. Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces. Do you love going to the mall? If so, then you don’t have this.
3. Acrophobia – The fear of heights. That’s the irrational fear of heights (not me) OR the fear of falling. Does the fear of depths count (me)?
2. Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes. Ah, snakes, they eat bugs and mice and other vermin (gophers and moles!). I like snakes, except vipers.
1. Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders. Really? I pick them up and take them outside. They're my friends. They eat bugs!
So, I guess I’m not typical with my phobias. The fear or hatred of insects didn’t even make the top ten. What’s on your list?
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