Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oddly Phobic

Have I ever mentioned that I'm afraid of heights?  I've always said it's a good thing I'm short, because I get dizzy standing on a kitchen chair and looking down.  Movies do it all the time with those shots where the pan around looking down off tall buildings.  Hate those.  I have a two-story house and I never ever look over the bannister from the second floor.  I'll throw laundry down, but I won't look.

So would you believe that on Sunday I was the one climbing on top of the garage hanging Christmas lights?  Really!  Look!

And here's one after that part was done so you can see where I was:

I was on the garage, on the right.  See, my problem with heights (other than the fact that I always spell it wrong the first time and have to correct myself) isn't the up part.  I can climb up anywhere.  And I actually enjoy being up on things.  I just have a small problem coming down.  It took S a good 5-10 minutes to talk me off the roof.  Literally :)  Once it was time for me to come down I froze.  I decided it was a much better idea to stay up there.  Luckily we both know this is how it goes, so S knows how to talk me through it.  And, obviously, I did come down.  I find it kind of funny that I have no problem going up, even knowing I can't come down.  I'm just odd. 

So tell me - what weird ways do your phobias manifest?  I can't be the only odd duck out here!


~ bianca ~* said...

I get that weird feeling on the edge of a cliff, or side of a building, that I may just jump/fall off. I hate it!

When I was a kid, I used to climb up on the roof of our house and jump off for fun. I have no idea how I did that now.

You were very brave to get up on the roof!

Robin in Montana said...

I am afraid of heights, too, and like Bianca said, I get that feeling that I'm going to fall or jump off. When I was a kid we went to Yellowstone Park, and although that isn't a height, I had dreams *forever, of falling or jumping in those hot pots. (eyeroll.) I went with my daughter on a field trip to a fire lookout and had to close my eyes walking up and down those stairs and I did not go out on the walk-way thing to "see how far you can see from up here." LOL.

Erin Lutz said...

Hate heights. Can't even look at pics of the grand canyon without feeling yucky!

Anonymous said...

I'm not afraid of heights; I'm afraid of falling. If I'm inside or have something sturdy to hold onto, I'm fine regardless how far off the ground I am. But I could never do what you're doing in that picture.

Also, thanks for stopping by my journal!


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