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Of course you're not scared!  Why should you be?  You're a grownup, after all.  You take care of yourself, you pay your taxes, you vote, you get involved.  You're alllll grown up.

Except...

There's that one little thing that scares you silly.  It's not a big thing, really.  That's what you tell yourself.  Right?  There are things that scare us and I'm not making light of them.  They're called phobias for good reason.  The fear they invoke is very real, no matter what it is that scares us.  Ever been called "chicken" for being phobic?

Yeah, me, too.  For me, it's heights.  Acrophobia, it's called.  Sounds like I'm afraid of the Flying Wallenda's.  I've been terrified of heights for as long as I can remember.  Bridges do it, as do tall buildings, upper decks at the stadium, and the wierdest of all....staircases with open risers.  ugh!!  I can get weak-kneed on the second floor, sometimes!  But I love to fly!!  Not crazy about take-off and landing, but that's a statistical thing, not a phobia.  I first flew when I was a mere lass of fifteen, and loved it from then on.  For the record, I do not love airlines.

So what else is there to fear?  The classic, Triskaidekaphobia- Fear of the number 13.  To me it always sounded like fear of a box of Trisquits stacked in a deck.

I found a few other oddities in the phobic realm:

Ergophobia- Fear of work-- The jokes just write themselves, don't they?

Nostophobia- Fear of returning home--This one only got me when I broke curfew, but I'm sure there are a few other reasons for it.  I guess it means the phobic has to move a lot?  Nope!  Can't go back there...call the Real Estate agent

Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother--Every fairytale princess ev-er must've had this one...and with good reason.

Musophobia or Muriphobia- Fear of mice-- Cinderella would've been outta luck had she suffered from this one.  And I'm a little concerned about the cat.

Mageirocophobia- Fear of cooking--Nice to know there is a word to describe those who can't seem to boil water without burning it.  And I thought they were just lazy!

Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school--Is that the opposite of Didn'taskaleinophobia??

Logizomechanophobia- Fear of computers-- I read it as "log-gizmo-chain-of-phobia, which makes more sense to me.  That auto-correct feature is a bear!

Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables--Some vegetables should be feared.  Leeks make me nervous.  So do parsnips.  I wonder what they're up to.

Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.--After years of them at Mass and at home, my overwhelming reaction (besides running away) is: "Here we go again!"

Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks--Makes me wonder if knitting needles count?  Same shape and all.  Dual purpose phobia!!  

Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers-- Not a parent on earth who doesn't share this one, especially when it's time to do laundry, homework, dishes. or answer the simple, "How was your day, dear?"

Genuphobia- Fear of knees--I'm just at a loss with this one.  After hours of thought, I gave up and sat down.  Then I stood up.  Apparently, my knees are working against me.

And finally.....
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words--Doesn't it figure that this would be the longest word describing a phobia?  
:-D

So what are your fears and phobias?  You're safe here with us; we won't mock you for being afraid.  We're all afraid of something.

C'mon, spill.  Unless you're afraid of spilling things.  So far, I haven't found the word for that!

There are things that scare us and I'm not making light of them.  They're called phobias for good reason.  The fear they invoke is very real, no matter what it is that scares us.  If your fear gets between you and the life you want to live, then it's time to work on it with someone who will make you feel safe while you confront your fears.  This diary is meant entirely in fun, and the only fear I mock is my own.  
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