Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
Pliny the Elder
Whether we like to admit it or not, we are often ruled by our fears. Like the vast majority of people, I suffer from some phobias. Well to be honest, I may suffer from more than a few. There are extensive lists of “common” phobias. Below are just a few. Are you brave enough to claim your phobia?
Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders (That’s me)
Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes (Me again)
Acrophobia – The fear of heights
Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces
Cynophobia – The fear of dogs (Definitely not me)
Astraphobia – The fear of thunder and lightning
Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces (Me once more)
Mysophobia – The fear of germs
Aerophobia – The fear of flying (Okay this is getting embarrassing, me again)
Trypophobia – The fear of holes
I think that dogs have phobias as well. Three of our four dogs have displayed Astraphobia, which should be expanded to include fireworks. A thunderstorm at night would find us surrounded by a whimpering and quivering mass of dogs, which included Moe, Tasha and Willa. Our king size bed became very small when it contained our three fearful dogs. Only Taz seemed immune. He would sleep peacefully through all the commotion swirling around him. New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July are nights of terror in our household.
With their keen sense of hearing this seems rational. Unfortunately, some of other phobias do not seem so rational.
Our Collie Tasha developed a “fear”of things in the sky. A plane flying over head
would send her into a fit of frenzied barking. A bright full moon had the same effect. We learned to tolerate this eccentric behavior. It was the episode of prolong barking, and standing fixated, staring at a flag waving in the wind, in a roadside Rest Station no less, that broke the limits of rational behavior. Forever more Tasha was the butt of our jokes. We became convinced that she felt her purpose in life was to warn us of the impending alien invasion that would suddenly appear in the sky. Alas, she did not live to see her fear come true. Who knows it may still happen and when it does my husband and I owe her a big apology.