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I used to obsess…

… about the strangest things.

One of the many things that I obsessed about as a child was based partially on stories from the news but also from my imagination.  To this day, I still question what parts of my memories were based on reality and which were based on my imagination.

I was 13 years old and we were watching “The Deliberate Stranger” about Ted Bundy.  It was a made for TV movie and I remember sitting on the stairs watching it (I would get to anxious and tense if I sat on the couch next to the rest of the family).  I would run and hide during parts I didn’t want to see but I was fascinated by this story and had to understand it.

My fifth grade teacher had  had a near miss with Ted Bundy, he’d lurked in her backyard.  He had attended school where I lived and he’d been a Sunday School teacher.  Yet he was absolutely criminally insane.

I was so incredibly scared of Ted Bundy.  I knew I was too young to ever have to fear for my life, but I feared for all of the young beautiful women that I knew.  Because I believed he could pop up at any moment and kill someone I cared about.

During this show was the first time I learned that what I had always believed and had gone over in my mind a hundred times was completely fiction.

As you may know, Ted Bundy escaped twice from jail.  This was obviously quite a turning point in the show.  After he had escaped I asked, “Why didn’t they tell the real way he escaped?” Everyone turned to look at me and asked me what I meant by that.

“Why didn’t they show that he chewed through the bars with his solid gold teeth?”

Laughter.  Lots of laughter. (LOL should mean “lots of laughter” not “laughing out loud”).

Anyway, they all laughed and asked me where on earth I had heard such a thing.  I honestly can’t say, but in my young and innocent mind that was the only way I could make sense of someone so scary being able to escape from jail.  And it didn’t bother me that he didn’t have gold teeth in any of the pictures I had seen plastered on the news because, of course he would have a second pair of dentures.

I had gone over it in my mind so many times that I didn’t see that it just didn’t make logical sense.

Odd thing to obsess about?  Um, you could say that.

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6 comments to I used to obsess…

  • Mommylebron
    Twitter: mommylebron

    It’s funny how kids pick up random details and apply them to things that make sense to them. I see in all the time in my preschool class! And I can certainly understand why this would stick with you! Stopping by from Mam Kat’s!
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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    I’m glad to hear I’m normal and you see it with preschoolers. My family loved teasing me about it. Then again, i was 13 :)but had the notion from the time I was in preschool.

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  • How funny! I mean, not funny that you were scared as a kid, of course, but funny about the gold teeth! : ) For years, I insisted that somewhere in my church there was a hidden room that we never got to use, but it was full of really old, fun books and stuff. I was embarrassingly old when I finally admitted that I must have dreamed about that room…it totally didn’t exist.

    (Stopping by from Mama Kat’s!)
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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    That would be a really cool room. Was your church a really old church? If my church would have had a secret room with books it wouldn’t have been very much fun.

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  • Miel Abeille
    Twitter: miel_et_lait

    Stopping by from Mama Kat’s. That is an odd obsession if I ever heard of one! But, I’m sure if I thought about it, I would have some cookey childhood obsessions. Have a great day!
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  • I am with you an that. I could never watch Unsolved Mysteries when I was a kid because I was sure that all those people who hadn’t been found yet were going to come knocking down my door. And yet I still watched on…silly.
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