I grew up with the book Some Things are Scary, written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Each page features a potentially terrifying scenario for young kids — “Getting hugged by someone you don’t like,” “Holding on to someone’s hand that’s not your mother’s when you thought it was,” “Stepping on something squishy when you’re in your bare feet” — and a picture of children suffering the throes of that terror.
It’s easy to believe that the world is a scarier place than it was when the book came out in 1969, but many things haven’t changed. Monsters still lurk under our beds and slugs still move across our lawns at night, lying in wait for our bare feet. And grown-ups still push us too high on the swing-set, especially when they’re doping.
So, in this of all seasons, what scares you? Clowns? Close talkers? Raw chicken? Foreign despots? The check-out line at the Super Wal-Mart? Multidrug resistant Staph?
Let us know, or we’ll hug you.
— Kent Priestley, staff reporter