In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Phobia, Shmobia.”
“Fears evolve over time. What is one fear you’ve conquered?”
Try to contain your laughter, but I have a confession to make. A confession that many friends are aware of and have talked me through since the beginning of college: I’m a little terrified of construction equipment, specifically cranes and backhoes. Yes, it’s odd, and yes, deep down I know they’re not going chase us down with their scary metal talons, but still, I cringe if I have to pass one on the street.
Over the years, I’ve realized that my fear truly stems from a larger category of items: massive metal things. Just to clarify:
Large metal things that freak me out: Cranes, plows, backhoes, other large construction vehicles, garbage trucks, roller coasters, bridges (this one has gotten better), and creepy carnival rides.
Large metal things I’m cool with: lawnmowers, cars, old-timey computers, file cabinets, fences, copy machines.