Monday, October 16, 2006

Childhood fears

Ok. Bear with me now. My train of thought is on its track, and only I know where it is going. But it will all make sense in the end.

Kailani posted yesterday about the after-effects of the earthquake that hit Hawaii yesterday. I could never imagine the fear and terror that feeling of the earth moving under your feet could bring.

And then I watched this show called "Ultimate Tornado" on the National Geographic Channel last between (between that and Legally Blonde, I was all set). Any time there is a show with tornado in the title, I am sucked into its vortex.

Why the sick fascination?

Because ever since I was a small child, I have had this unshakeable fear of tornados.

I have many tornado dreams. Sometimes I am in a car and dozens of them are touched down around me. I pull into the driveways of houses that appear to have good basements, and plead to the home owners to allow me to come in. And they always do. I am never turned away.

Then there are the dreams when I am in a large warehouse-type building that keeps going down and down. Every level appears to be the best level to be at, but something presents itself that it isn't the best choice, such as a walk-out area that exposes the whole floor, or a complete set of windows that could blow out if struck.

Sometimes when I am safe in my shelter, we do get struck. And I have never, in real life, ever witnessed a tornado.

So ... deep-rooted childhood fear, or just a freaky set of dreams that have absolutely nothing to do with tornados?

See...natural disaster theme did run through it... just in a convulated way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a natural disaster movie fiend. Though these days they don't do as many of them, starring every known celebrity under the sun like they did in the 70's.

The Towering Inferno, The Airport ones (Airport, 75, 77 and 79), Earthquake, The Poseiden Adventure, Andromeda Strain and The Hindenburg were all products of the 70's and will suck me in like you would not believe.

It isn't like I've ever had the experience, or want to, but I'm so sucked in.

However, Atomic Train, Atomic Twister, and newer stuff like that just doesn't do it for me. Though I did watch that one where Doogie Howser, MD, plays the husband of that couple that got stranded in the mountains during a blizzard...who then walked for help and lost parts of his feet to frostbite.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Ok ... have you seen that one movie with Paul Newman, Burgess Meredith, and a few others from the 70s about the volcano that erupts and threatens the newly built hotel. And those fireballs started flying through the air, and killed people standing out on the balcony?

When Time Ran Out. That is it. and it was in 1980. Pat Morita, Ernest Borgnine, Jacqueline Bisset (who has now moved on to Nip/Tuck).

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

I have recurring dreams/nightmares and mine also have a common theme. Mine are always about the dark scary night people. I want to go up, closer to the light, not down into the dark. SCARY.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Wander said...

I have a fascination and a healthy fear of tornado's too. My favorite tornado movie is Twister. I worry that if I were to ever actually see a tornado that I'd stand there and just stare at it like Jo does in Twister. Thank goodness I don't ever dream about them.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous kailani said...

Ah, now I fully understand the comment you left me. I didn't realize your fear of tonados. Natural disasters facinate me, too, as long as I'm not in them. LOL!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I've seen that one. I've even seen Beyond The Poseiden Adventure. There is no such thing as a good disaster flick without Earnest Borgnine in the cast. LOL!

10:58 AM  

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