My Childhood Neuroses
- •Saying "see you in the morning" at bedtime until both my parents said it back or else I was convinced one of the three of us was going to die overnight.
- •"Slime-proofing" my room every nightThis stemmed from my aforementioned fear of the Slime Monster from "Ghost Writer" (see list "TV/Movies that Terrified Me as a Child"). I would go through this elaborate routine of "slime-proofing" my room before bed every night by tapping various points and corners in my room and then counting in specific patterns under my covers. It was a whole ordeal.
- •Refusing to drink orange juice unless it was the first thing I was putting in my body in the morning. If I'd already eaten, forget it! No juice for me.
- •No food ever touching on the plate and only very plain food allowed.One time a waiter at a very nice restaurant brought me a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger and I cried.
- •Running around for 30 minutes every time I had to take medicine or get a shot, and I had to get monthly shots for 5 years, and give myself daily shots for a year and a half.I'd later piece together that these were the early stages of my panic attacks.
- •Asking my preschool teacher to put me in time out because I was the only kid in the class who hadn't experienced it.