Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Fear Factor

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It's that time of year again! Witches and goblins are lurking in your commercials, your Disney shows, and your kid's dreams.

As Owen likes to remind me at every preschool pickup, we are edging oh-so-close to the pumpkin that marks October 31 on his classroom calendar. Halloween is just a few weeks away, and in the spirit of things, I rolled with that theme at a recent Catholic Youth Ministry meeting {an aside: Jonathan and I serve as youth minsters for our parish's CYM. It helps that we are officially adults, but act like teenagers}. We talked about the things that scare us and countered that by considering the number of times the Bible says fear not.

To introduce the topic, I simply asked for their fears. The usual suspects were shouted across the crowded room. Snakes! Spiders! Heights! Then I asked them to think of the fears they hold deepest in their hearts. The ones they aren't so quick to leak into a room of their peers. We dug into it and I started hearing things like college decisions, the future, social acceptance, and struggles with faith. It was a wonderful discussion and a great way to turn back to the fact that we are never alone.

It was a beautiful time with our teens, but that's not why I'm here today. {Yes, there's a point!} After polling the youth kids on what scares them the most, I thought it would be fun to do the same at home. The answers I heard were... a bit different. Without further ado, the greatest fears that plague the Bauer Bunch:

Nathan: "Really big insects because they have all those moving legs and wings and it just creeps me out. Also nightmares because when you're having one it feels like it's actually happening. Once I had a nightmare that there was a devil taking over the world and he made a toxic ooze that turned people into zombies. Also clowns, but just a little."

Owen: "Vampires because they have fangs and drink all of your blood. And zombies because they are silly and scary. They're funny, too, except when they eat your brain."

Nora: "Goats scare me! {side note: She means ghosts.} Yeah, they scare me. Go away! So. So. Scary. Scary goats say MOO. {side note: She means boo.} And a cat so scary. And a witch say HEH HEH HEH."

You can't imagine how delighted Nora was to be able to answer that question. It was like she had been sitting on her answer for years. Now it's your turn. What keeps you up at night? Is it more in line with classic spooks or a more grownup answer like taxes? Ask your kids, too! You never know what might come out. Have a happy Tuesday, y'all.

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Jennifer said...

I love your kids' answers! I can just hear them explaining their fears to you - and how they went on and on for a few minutes to get it all out.

I'm actually facing some of my biggest fears right now. In the middle of it, I realize that God is here with me, making it not as scary as I thought it might be. There really is something about having grace for the situation you're in, not someone else's.

Jessica Bauer said...

Thank you Jennifer, you know these kids are always ready to talk. Always. :) And you better believe I've had you and your family on my mind and in my prayers lately. You are absolutely never alone. Hope to see you soon!