Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Alligators Under My Bed

Christine Rains is hosting a blog fest for a couple of days in honor of FEARLESS, her paranormal romance novella. 
So, I ask you : What Was Your Childhood Monster?
I'm quite sure there were alligators under my bed....
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I think I had at least three or four monsters I battled, but I can tell you for sure that there was an alligator living under my bed. Forget the fact that I lived in NJ and not in a warmer climate like Florida. Completely disregard the fact there was carpeting under my bed and no water whatsoever. None of that mattered. I was sure without a doubt that there was an alligator living under my bed. Of course it was never there during the day; it only showed up after the lights went out, but it was there. Just ask me.
If, God forbid, I needed to get out of my bed once I was safely tucked in, kissed good night, and lights were out, this was a daunting task. It required talking myself into actually getting out of bed, throwing back the covers, and then making a giant leap from my bed directly to the hallway all in about 3.2 seconds. Lucky for me, it was probably only a 4 foot span, but it felt more like 7 feet. Alas, I made it every time and am even here to tell the tale.

Better than that, it gives me empathy when my kids tell me that they are sure, without a doubt, absolutely positive that there is an alligator/shark/monster/whatever hiding under the bed.

14 comments:

  1. I'm sure an alligator could have climbed out of the sewer and made a den under your bed! Thanks for sharing your monster with us and for helping promote my novella. :)

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  2. how well I remember-especially making the giant leap!

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  3. Yowza! I'm impressed you were able to make that leap into your hallway - but how did you manage the leap back? ;-)
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. No leap necessary when the light switch is right there. :)

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    2. LOL - that's a big "Duh!" on my part! I'm seriously laughing at myself right now...I blame the goofery of that question on being a middle-aged mom to a teen - that'll destroy more brain cells than alcohol, I'll tell you what! :-)
      Some Dark Romantic

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  4. Seriously, I know what you mean. Remembering my monsters helps me understand my kiddos and their night terrors.

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  5. Hi Tracy- Fellow Jersey girl here!

    Alligators are scary, no matter what state you live in. I always worry about the brackish water around here, and wonder what kind of alien wildlife it could sustain.

    New follower.

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  6. I did that too! The giant leap. It's a challenge, but the only way to ensure the monsters don't get you!

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  7. That's an awesome story :) Funny how those childhood fears work--you're 100% positive the alligator's there, that if you put your foot one *inch* closer to the bed he'll get you, but he won't climb up on your bed. He's locked into the unknown of the dark underneath. The psyche... What a wonderful thing. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Reptiles are a big one. Lots of kids are scared of them. It seems to be almost instinctive.

    One of my sisters would climb over the head of her bed, walk along the dresser, walk along my bed and jump to the door. She knew something was under the bed and she wasn't going to give it a chance to get her. She was quite calm about it, actually.

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  9. Very scary! I used to live in Florida, and we had alligators in our back yard from time to time. I would not want one under my bed!

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  10. Alligators are so 'monsterish' looking. I'm not surprised they're in kid's nightmares.

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  11. My daughter has a captain's bed with drawers under it, and she still thinks there is a monster under her bed! That's just the way it is, I guess.

    My monster: http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2012/08/childhood-monster-blog-fest.html

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  12. That would be scary to think there were alligators under the bed. There are probably people in Florida who have had that happen.

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