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November 28th, 2007

Two Department Store Fears

My “kid fears” week on the Ping continues. Two big fears I had as a kid were related to shopping with my folks. No, no, it wasn’t anything they did.

One fear was experiencing a power outage in the store – while in the bathroom. I distinctly remember this happening at least once at Zayre when I was, oh, really little. And it freaked me the heck out. Even to this day, walking into a darkened public bathroom makes me jumpy for a second.

But the bigger one was getting separated from my folks at the store. This happened more than once at Venture, and then I had to go up to the customer service desk in tears and ask them to page my mom or dad. Never fun, never fun.

I didn’t fear high prices.

Posted in Childhood Memories

Steve A November 29, 2007, 1:17 am

Worst kid fear – getting on the wrong school bus. And yup, it happened to me. We had moved to WA from CA. I knew NOBODY. I only knew that I was supposed to be on Bus # (whatever). Nobody bothered to tell me there were TWO Bus # (whatevers) and I ended up in some town I never heard of.

Fortunately I was, let’s just say, NOT a juvenile and had the phone number written down. The folks who found me lost and bewildered I found out many years later turned out to be relatives of my ex.


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