Friday, February 19, 2010
When I was young I wasn't scared of many things. I collected wood ticks in a jar, played with spiders, and I believed that the ghost busters would kill every monster so I didn't have to worry about that. The one and only thing that I was really scared of was being alone. Between the ages of four and seven I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. We would do all sorts of things, but I would never be separated from them. Everything was good, that was, until bedtime. I used to beg my grandma not to make me go upstairs and sleep in my own room. She would always give in and let me sleep with her, but sometimes she got so tired of it she made me sleep with my grandpa, who would snore like crazy! Even though he would snore I would still sleep with him because I was so scared to be by myself, and his room was right next to mine. My grandparents finally moved houses and since I was getting older they decided to let me pick out my own bed for their new house. I picked out bunk beds, even though it was just me. After they bought me new beds they told me I had to sleep in my own room no matter what. At first I tried to sleep in my own bed, but I always ended up back upstairs sleeping with my grandma. Finally she got so tired of having to share a bed with me she would make me sleep on her floor! I got so tired of sleeping on the floor I tried so hard to go downstairs and sleep in my own bed. I finally got over the fear of being alone and started to sleep in my own bed all the time I was over there. Just like my childhood fear held me back, the children's fears in the Lord of the Flies holds them back from many things too. The children are scared of the "beast" and even offer it a pig's head so it doesn't get them. In conclusion, every child experiences some sort of a fear, but eventually most of us grow out of it and realize there really was nothing to be scared of in the first place.