What did mess me up, though, was the evening news.
I particularly remember being very little - three or four - and playing in our living room while my dad watched the news. They ran a news story about a woman involved in an escalator accident when her shoe got stuck in the escalator. Of course, in my childish imagination she was dragged into the depths of the escalator and never seen again.
And, to my mom's bafflement, I'm sure, I refused to get on the escalator. I would spend the next eight years or so of my life taking stairs or elevators until the pressure of being an adolescent mall rat forced me to confront my fears and save face in front of my friends.
But now I'm an adult. I've researched escalator accidents and being aware of how to prevent them (a handy tip: don't wear Crocs on escalators. Actually, to be safe, you might want to never wear Crocs). I realize no one is getting sucked into the escalator mechanism and that, worse case scenario, you're probably just going to mangle a toe or too -- I'm a marathon runner, we mangle our own toes, that's no big deal. I understand there are no trolls.
I still hesitate, do a little stutter-step, every time I get onto an escalator, though. I just want to be careful. Old fears die hard.
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