Well I am no Sigmund Freud, that is for sure. But I do know we all have fears. It is my assertion, that these fears start at a very early age, during our formative years. And this is largely due to the influence of Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs.
Take spiders for example. A lot of people are deathly afraid of them. Well…. who wouldn’t be, really? Let’s start with “Little Miss Muffet.” That poor girl’s first mistake was the whole curds and whey thing. But that is another story. Back to the spider. Yes, she had the Holy-Cottage-Cheese scared right out of her. Knocked her the crap right off her Tuffet.
And then, there is the Itsy Bitsy Spider Song. It is just like a Horror Movie, I’ll tell you that much right now. Here’s the spider. It dies a horrible death by drowning. And then, in the final scene… when the sun comes out and everything looks okay… that stinking “itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.” With a little white hockey mask on.
Now me. I am a Homebody. And I am not that crazy about “Adventures in Nature” either. For as long as I can remember, I have felt in my heart that “There’s No Place Like Home.” Yep. Truth be told, I would rather be home then anywhere else on earth. (I am lucky this way…… I think.) But nonetheless.
This ENTIRE DEAL is also deeply rooted in Nursery Rhymes, and Children’s Stories. Take three of the BIG ones. The horrible trouble starts when the characters leave home.
Hansel and Gretel go for a walk in the woods. They end up in some witch’s oven. Goldilocks goes for a walk in the woods. She nearly is mauled by a family of Grizzly Bears upon returning home. Little Red Riding… AGAIN…. goes for a walk in the woods. Wolf attack. Are we seeing a pattern here?
No WONDER I am the way I AM.
Here’s how I would have written them.
Hansel and Gretel stayed home. They were happy. The End.
Goldilocks stayed home one day. And she lived happily ever after. The End.
Little Red Riding Hood stayed home. Everything was fine. Happy Red Riding Hood. The End.
So the next time one of your fears has you at bay… just remember two things.
1. You are not alone.
2. You can blame it on Humpty Dumpty.
“Fee. Fi. Fo. Fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman.” – The Giant of Jack & the Beanstalk
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” – Gandhi