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Terrifying Childhood Experiences

What is something that happened to you as a child that scared the living heck out of you?

I’m sure most of us have had several incidents that gave us a scare. Maybe some of them influenced us and stayed with us, even as adults. Here’s just one of mine  😉

My mom took my sisters and I to the local amusement park (first time for us). The youngest was too little for the “big kid” rides so she was forced to endure the slow-moving choo choo train or the airplane ride that spins very slowly. My other sister and I were older and were pretty excited about spending time on the larger ride. One of those was the Tarantula (also called the Spider or Octopus). It has 6-8 arms each tipped with separate cars that rotate as the entire ride spins. As the employee loads each car, he or she has to move the full car up and around. Once all cars are loaded, he or she turns it on full blast for a couple of mind-numbing spinning and perhaps vomiting.

My sister and I climbed aboard the car and the employee moved back to the lever controlling the contraption… without locking us in first! *cue dramatic music*

My mom noticed from the ground, but after he’d loaded a few more cars. By this time, we were at the very top of the ride. Now, keep in mind that these things spin around. One wrong move and we’d have ended up on the pavement. Luckily, when the ride is being loaded, it’s not being moved at full speed. The employee moves it very slowly until the empty car is in the down position, seats everyone, locks them in, then moves to the next one.

All I remember is my mom screaming at me to hold on to my sister. I had a death grip on the small portion of the locking mechanism I could reach (you can see from the video at the beginning that there’s a small piece of metal arm within reach. The employee moved us down inch by inch, being oh-so-careful to not go fast enough to cause the car to spin.

Needless to say, we made it to the bottom unscathed. I don’t remember much after that, but mom said we left right after that and didn’t go back for a long time. No idea what happened to the employee either. They probably got fired, I’d imagine. Of course, if this would have happened in this day and age, the park would have been sued and my family would have had millions for negligent behavior. But this all happened before everyone was sue happy. She was probably just happy we were both alive and just wanted to get the hell out of there.

I remember being scared at the time, but it didn’t keep me from going to amusement parks. I can’t go on spinning rides like that, not because of fear, but because I vomit LOL Probably a good thing I didn’t end up an astronaut…

What about you? Share you scary childhood experience!

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2 Comments on “Terrifying Childhood Experiences”

  1. S.J. Cairns March 11, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    I blogged about the balloon disaster as a kid. Popped and wrapped around my face. Globophobia is definitely real. Also, I nearly drowned in a friend’s backyard pool when I was in grade 4. My mom made me take more swimming lessons after that, so I swim today, but I’ll never go on a cruise. No thanks.

    • drshaywest March 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Just reading about the balloon thing is freaking me out!! And my sister almost drowned when she was little *shudder*

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