Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Come Into My Parlor," Said The Spider To The Fly....

Have you ever seen a spider make dinner? Sure, there's the odd TV special on the Discovery channel, but I'm talking about live. You see, I am not such a big fan of spiders (though ironically my mom loves them) and so, we (which means my mom and a very very small and fearless part of me) take great pleasure in having this HUGE spider, living outside our window. Now, this thing is MASSIVE!!! Like the size of a quarter! And today, while eating my own dinner, I got a little free show.

Here comes a beautiful moth, with sparkling effervescent wings, dusted with a light powder. Gently it glides towards the light, it's fuzzy feelers looking so soft and cuddly--WHAM! It smacks right into the web! One minute it's Barbie Fairy Topia, the next it's Return of the King "Frodo's For Dinner That's What". So this huge spider then starts wrapping up the moth-who is desperately trying to get away-with this shiny silk, sucking the blood out of it like something from Twilight! :0 It was horrible. :( So, this post is in memory of the brave moth, who just couldn't stay away from the light........DON'T YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE SAY THAT FOR A REASON??????

But, in retrospect, it was actually kind of fascinating. I mean, isn't there ever a grizzly part in a novel that makes your skin crawl, but somehow the gore cheers you on to keep reading? Or why people watch horror movies and go to Halloween Haunt (which I so want to go to ;P)? It's simply strange that we would want to be scared for fun, or watch a moth massacre for fascination and curiosity. But, we do. Is this not human?

Still, with all these movies and tales that we have been exposed to, it makes me wonder: What are we afraid of? For example: I'm not afraid of zombies or ghosts or the boogie-man, but I'm afraid of Open Heights. (I will not stand on a desk for my life!!!! Rollercoasters and planes are alright, I'm secured :P) And we read all about these brave and fearless heroes all the time, yet surely they must be afraid of something OTHER than losing their "one true love", right?

So my question for you is: What do you think heroes are afraid of? And more importantly, what scares you?

2 comments:

Susan said...

You asked what I'm scared of...so much, sometimes! If I think too hard, I can come up with a lot of things...here is a poem by Shel Silverstein (you may know it!) that often rings true for me:

Whatif by Shel Silverstein
Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!

bell said...

ha!!!! im afraid of nothing but everything most of all im afraid of my self ya i confess its not that i do tarabal things or anything its justy when im in bed i lay there and think of the scarest thngs that can happen which makes me scared then i have to go to bed with my light on also ill let u in on 2 small very small and 2 of very many that are either mine or my friends secrets im tarrafide to get old and loseing my family and friends ok three small secrets im also afraid of suforcating which is very inconvinyent seeing as if i eat a tree nut my throgh will close also heros are afraid of not only of loseing there love their afraid of their love hateing them and what ever monster they have to kill to save their love and much more also im guessing they use their fear to make them stronger just a thought :p