Bump In The Night

2 Aug

As a child I was scared of my own shadow. Things that went bump in the night left me a quivering wreck and as I got older, I didn’t like sleeping in the house by myself. It used to creak and squeak and sound like someone was walking up my stairs, and I would convince myself that someone was watching me. I have always had a very overactive imagination!

So it made me laugh today to find out that my sister and I are not so different after all. She lives with our mum who is away for a few weeks, and Little Bean was telling me that she worked herself up so much last night that she couldn’t sleep. She had to do a few walks around the house to check all the doors and windows were locked, and when she had eventually slowed her breathing down then air freshener went off and scared the life out of her (another reason why I hate air fresheners!) I said she could sleep at my house tonight.

We have all done it, haven’t we? It didn’t help that when we lived in the cottage we would leave the back door on the latch during the day. It had a Yale lock, but also a regular handle lock, and if it got inadvertently closed you wouldn’t know the Yale wasn’t on, but anyone could let themselves in. And I regularly kidded myself into believing they had. Ex-boyfriend was often send down the stairs with a baseball bat to report that yes, he had left the door on the latch, but no, there were no thugs helping themselves to my Lighthouse Family DVDs. In fact, in the area we lived in it was more likely some old aged pensioners might have settled in for the night to play some rummy (orhaving a go on the Wii)

It’s a totally unfounded fear, as neither I nor the younger version of me has ever lived in a house that has been broken into. Touch wood (yes, I am a little superstitious) we have been lucky and always felt safe in our homes. But the overactive mind wanders to people shimmying up drainpipes and letting themselves in through open windows, and it goes off like a steam train without the brakes on until you have the mafia eating their dinner in the dining room.

Has your mind ever played tricks on you?


16 Responses to “Bump In The Night”

  1. bossbalita August 2, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    sometimes.. we see something that we dont know if it is true or not yet.. it just our imagination that flows in our mind.. we just have to make sure sometimes if it is really true.. lol..

    hey nice story .. love eading your post ms.tink.

  2. egills August 2, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I used to sleep with a baseball bat next to me and my bedroom door had to be open so I could hear if anyone really was sneaking about downstairs… the only person I ever caught was eldest son trying to go out past curfew.

  3. Julia (AKA Jules) August 2, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    great story! I just hate leaving the doors open at all costs. Just get really paranoid!!

    Julia @ Retro Jules

  4. Bridgesburning Chris King August 2, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Yup my mind is a trickster and there have been places I stayed where the bumps bumped…great post!

  5. lou August 2, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I also suffer with the over active mind and always suffered with hearing things that weren’t there and then giving myself horendous nightmares (after the snake incident I fear Lilly pad has inherited this horrile trate bless her) but this didn’t go away for years even when living with pete when I was pregnant with pete I would retreat back to Mums tail between my legs saying how lovely it was to have a girls night while pete was away (no body was fooled by this) I am how ever very brave since the girls have been born and if pete is working into the night or away I can cope and not convince myself there is someone in the house be it a real person or a super natural person! But not quite sure what the difference is because I’m pretty sure my 3 year old or 12 week old baby, or even come to that our smelly toothless boxer are going to protect me much! But I’m now brave 🙂

    • tinkerbelle86 August 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      Louise, Disney Baby will protect you. She has my wish luck! 🙂

  6. magsx2 August 2, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I don’t mind being in the house alone, although I do have a dog. My Husband does shift work so I am often alone at night, I think it is something you just get used to after awhile.

  7. prenin August 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    All the time hun – ALL the time…

    Love and hugs!


  8. Elizabeth August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    I have to be honest here, normally I would never admit to this but…. I used to sleep with my closet light on as a child. I even went through a period where I had to have shades on my windows with the curtains and felt that if I didn’t use the shades someone was sure to be outside looking in. Now… keep in mind we lived in a very rural area in a log cabin and I was on the second floor!!
    So, yes, my mind also plays tricks on me. I am not so nervous now as an adult but I certainly went through a stage where I had to double check that no one had a way to get in my house or spy through the windows.

  9. Kari August 3, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Oh how I smiled at this…I have a very over-reactive imagination too and am prone to scaring myself for no reason in the middle of the night. My boyfriend doesn’t grasp it at all!!

  10. janet August 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    When I was very young I was afraid to go out after dark to the end of our porch to put the garbage in the garbage can. I knew there were no serial killers or alien monsters at the end of the porch, but I couldn’t shake off the fear. I realized the fear was coming from the scary TV shows I watched, so I quit watching scary movies. I haven’t had any unrealistic fears since then (like thinking that if I raised the window shades after dark there would be a bloody deformed maniac staring right at me through the window). Now I’m only afraid of real dangers . . . .

  11. Kat August 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Despite cutting myself off from scary movies, I still have random nightmares, and a lot of .. night terror-hallucinations ? Not sure what they are specifically/officially called, but I wake up from a deep sleep, think I see things that aren’t there, and I scream my head off & cry, waking up and freaking out my boyfriend. Possibly the neighbors, and since our bedrooms are separated by a wall, its probably true.

  12. Nicole August 4, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    My mind is ALWAYS playing tricks on me!!!

  13. whatsaysyou August 7, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Yes, it is true that sometimes the mind does play tricks on us.

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