Bridges, Backhoes & Other Irrational Fears

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Phobia, Shmobia.”

“Fears evolve over time. What is one fear you’ve conquered?”

I do not enjoy this photo.


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.

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