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Carol Perkins: Don't let dreams turn into nightmares

Avoiding the Supernatural World on Halloween: The kind of fear I don't like is the kind that comes from the imagination. There are many things to fear in life, so fearing the fictional seems ridiculous. - CAROL You can listen to Carol today on The "Susan & Carol, Unscripted" show, live. FM 99.1 radio

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By Carol Perkins

I have never watched a horror movie on purpose. Never. There is a reason for that. I avoid watching about the "supernatural" world, even though no one would believe those antics on the screen truly exist, nor do I allow my brain to hold on to what I've seen. I have made it just fine without a Chuckie movie or the "Bride of Frankenstein." While many of my friends have seen every famous horror movie dating back to King Kong, I have not. However, I have seen enough of them to form a lasting impression and for a while, a lasting fear. Peer pressure led me to the dark side a few times with movies like "Rosemary's Baby" and "Psycho."


Unlike some of my friends, I also do not like to be scared. Once friends learn that one of their own is a "scaredy cat" they (boys) like to jump from behind bushes or dart around buildings to scare the living daylights out of someone like me. The element of fear that most people find when they ride roller coasters or dive off a cliff eludes me. I prefer the safe side of life rather than one that brings the stomach to the throat or the heart beating out of the chest. I have played my life rather safely, and being a scaredy cat is just fine by me. When my friends wanted to ride the Wild Mouse at Beech Bend, I waited on a bench. My one ride was enough to keep me off it the rest of my life.

Haunted houses do not attract me. I would go inside one with the lights on, but not in the dark. When I was teaching, some of the men teachers created a haunted house in what was the band room for a fall festival. They were like children creating chambers to scare the fearless teenagers that were their students by day. If a teen goes into a haunted house, one would assume he wants to be scared. However, when my daughter was a teen, she followed her friends through one and from that moment on, she slept with the light on. I think she still does.

There are those who like to scare others and those who like to be scared. Not long ago I heard an adult tell about hiding behind his son's car and when his grandson came around to open the door, he jumped out and scared him. "That boy cried for an hour." The man thought he had done something "funny." I thought he was being mean. Who knows what kind of therapy that boy will someday need!

I do not fear being alone. I'm not afraid to go to town at night by myself. I would not be afraid to walk around the square alone at midnight (the police station is always open on the square) or drive to Nashville. That kind of fear is not in me even though I could be made afraid just as any of us could. The kind of fear I don't like is the kind that comes from the imagination. There are many things to fear in life, so fearing the fictional seems ridiculous. However, clowns, the Headless Horseman, and blood shot eyes popping from a grave will "do me in." This Halloween, I will be watching "Ghostbusters" and leaving the dark side to those whose dreams don't turn to nightmares.


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