Friday, August 25, 2006

Gone Fishin'

This is my last post for a while, as Brian, Chloe, and I will be relaxing in Maine for the next week. I am SO looking forward to planning my day around bike rides and swimming instead of buses and meetings. Have a good week everyone! In the meantime, here's an early Sunday Scribbling.

I'm oddly nostalgic for the monsters of my youth, the ones with different colored fur and big teeth. The ones that could be banished by the opening of my closet door by my mother or by my turning on the light.

Now my monsters are harder to visualize, and harder to banish. They come in the ephemeral form of fear of fear of failure, anxiety about not doing things right, angst that the things I have done right will be taken away by a random act--a car that's driving too fast, a fire that no one smells, a sickness that overtakes every cell.

I wonder if giving these monsters a body, fur, teeth, would help. Then I could send them back to the island they came from. Give them a bottle and a blankie and tell them (and myself) that everything will be alright.

Click here to read about the monsters under other people's beds.
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commongal said...

Very clever. I'd take the shark under my bed over my boss any day!

DJPare said...

Friday Scribblings, huh?
Your monsters are way more scary!!

Have a great vacation!

FatCharlatan said...

Have a great vacation, Bug. The scary monster post is fun--love the pic! :)

paris parfait said...

Clever post - if only it were that easy to banish real-life monsters. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Kerstin said...

Ah yes, all of these are very familiar monsters. Good post. Hope you have a great, and monster-free, vacation!

January said...

Hope there are no monsters on your vacation! Great post, my dear.

GreenishLady said...

Oh, yes, the monsters we "grown-ups" fear do get as strong a hold as any of the childhood variety. I love that idea of comforting the monster to quiet it. GReat

TI said...

Bug, I love the idea of giving them a bottle and blankie. It really takes their punch away. It's like in public speaking when it's recommended that you picture your audience in their underwear: somehow, they're just not all that menacing anymore.