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Friday, November 16, 2012

A CHILDHOOD MEMORY

Whether at school or at home, the beatings were regular and as much psychological as physical. There were other minds games and tortures at the house that still seem to wake me up with cold sweats. One of the most damaging mental terrors was being “sent to the spiders.” The Southwestern area of America is riddled with black widow spiders. Our hall closet always had 8 to 10 hour-glasses within, at any given time. The closet was roughly 3'x 3'x 8.' It was the storage for all the jackets, tools, fishing poles, etc. once a week, I would be locked in the closet for 10 to 15 minutes. Before being shooed in, I was warned “don't move too much, they will see you body heat and get you.” The mind does terrible things when you stand statuesque in the dark waiting for a black widow to bite you. Terror has never had such sharp claws as those of the anticipation of something dark and evil that never comes.

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