Things I was afraid of as a child
Being the only person awake in the house at midnight.
Rattlesnakes and quicksand (I blame ’80s TV).
That the mice whose claws I could hear skittering across the floorboards would climb the bedspread and run across my body.
The round blue eyes on the giant doll given to me by my father’s Italian business colleague.
Things I was afraid of as a teenager
Being thought of as uncool.
Things I was afraid of in my twenties
Never finishing my thesis.
Things I was afraid of last week