Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Balloon - And Agent Pitch Redux

Today is day two of the Great A-Z Blog Challenge, and since we are following alphabetic themes, today is B-day. Anyone here for the Epic Follower Blogfest/Contest, I will add my revised tweet-length pitch to this post later today. Stay tuned!

There are now nearly 1200 participants in the A-Z Challenge. Amazing! I think I managed to read about 25 of them yesterday. Everyone's coming up with awesome ideas to write about. It's going to be a fun month.

So what's my B-subject? Balloons. That's right. Balloons. Why? You ask. Well, Balloons are my nemesis. Nay, Balloons are my archenemy.  Nemesis implies some sort of love lost, or some sort of potential for something other than outright loathing. There is none of that for me and Balloons.

You know how some people have irrational phobias against spiders (I hate them too, actually), heights, small spaces, open spaces, the number 13, and various and sundry other silly things? That's me with Balloons. They scare the crap out of me. I have no idea why. It's stupid and embarrassing and, of course, irrational. But I cannot be in a room with balloons or my heartbeat races, I get sweaty and panicky, I get all nauseous, and most of all I just want to escape.

I've been this way for as long as I can remember. Oddly, my mother has the same fear. I don't know if I ended up with it because it's a learned behavior from watching her when I was a small child, or some bizarre genetic twist of fate, but it is what it is. It defies explanation.

My kids have suffered through life never having owned a Balloon (as much as you can suffer from balloon deprivation - which I suspect isn't much), and my husband thinks I'm nuts (although he's so scared of spiders that when he sees one he screams like a girl, then swears like a sailor, and forces me to kill it).

But I can't help it. It's not something I can get over. I've tried. And, in the end, as it turns out, it's not so difficult to live a Balloon-free life.

So what's your phobia? C'mon, you know you have one. Everyone does!


Trisha Leaver said...

Clowns! I hate . . . am absolutely terrified of clowns. Go figure!

Roza M said...

I hate clowns, and snakes. I freak out if either are around me. I don't go to circus' because of the fear of clowns. I scream and run from harmless gardener snakes.

Michael Di Gesu said...

For me it's palmetto bugs... FLYING, CRUNCHY, ROACHES....EEEEEWWWWW!

Bish Denham said...

Used to have a pretty bad fear of spiders but not any more. As for balloons, they pollute and if they fall into the ocean sea turtles sometimes eat them which blocks they're innards. It peeves me off then 1000s of balloons are released.

I say you haven't missed much being fearful of them.

Susan Oloier said...

Your post made me laugh. Not because of your fear, but because you said your kids "suffered through life never having owned a balloon". + your husband's reaction to spiders is pretty humorous, too. You painted quite a scene there :-)

Rachel Morgan said...

I understand your balloon fear - well, sort of. When I was little, the pre-school I went to would put a secret message inside a balloon and the birthday child would have to pop the balloon and get the message out (which supposed to be fun!). It scared me so much to have to pop that balloon that I got someone else to do it for me!

Donna Hole said...

I can't be around balloons either. They make my skin itch, close my throat, make me dizzy and queasy.

Have you thought maybe its more of an alergy than a fear?

We do learn weird habits from our parents though. But as far as I know, I'm the only one in my family that get ill if a balloon is in the room. Or too close to me at least.

We all have quirks; that's what makes us loveable :)


Jennee said...

Ballons...interesting fear...then again, Jello really creeps me out!

Huntress said...

Oh, Lordy, my phobia smacked me upside the head. I had no idea I had a fear of wax museums until standing in front of an exhibit of Tom Sawyer at Hannibal Mo.

I felt kinda woozy, then the guide said, "And look, the wax figures have real hair!"

I. Wanted. OUT! NOW! lol.

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Wow, that's an interesting fear. I know that I hate when balloons pop. Ack!

My phobia? Hmm... I'm not really sure. I dislike snakes though. =)

Hannah Kincade said...

Lol, balloons, huh? I have a perfectly rational fear of clowns and masks.

Hannah Kincade said...

Lol, balloons, huh? I have a perfectly rational fear of clowns and masks.

Pam Torres said...

A balloon phobia...interesting character trait. I have a fear of church buildings. If I even think of going near or in one I get a queasy feeling in my stomach. #weirdness

Dawn Embers said...

Balloons are so fun though. Not like bubbles but still. Though you forgot the irrational fear about public speaking, though maybe that's not irrational. lol

Good post for the B day. An interesting read.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't really have a phobia. I hate to fly (something about falling from the sky and DEATH that bother me) but I'll still get on a plane.