Charlie has recently taken to turning the light on in the small linen closet in our bathroom. Now, I am not one to complain if it means that she will go in there and just poop. When that child needs to poop, she is as stinky as all get out. Her farts rival that of the dogs.
I tried telling her that she did not need the closet light on to go to the bathroom. That the four lights across the medicine cabinet, coupled with the overhead light and the bright sunshine streaming in through the window...they all provide a more than adequate amount of lighting for all of her powder room needs. She remains unconvinced. Why I am surprised, I don't know, as this is the same child who demands proof that jumping off of the front steps onto a concrete walkway will hurt. And then proceeds with the experiment to prove exactly that.
Why have I not been to the ER more with her? Her guardian angel has to be speed balling.
When it comes right down to it, she needs to have the darkness lit up and what is hiding there revealed for her to see. Even if it is just towels and toilet paper and extra toothpaste. The hidden corners of the bathroom need to be illuminated so her overactive mind can rest for a minute. At least long enough for her to pinch one off.
I can appreciate that kind of anxiety. Hell, I live with that kind of anxiety. The kind that my meds will never completely eliminate. The kind that tells me what is hidden and unknown is to be feared, while I rationally know that this is a load of bull crap that my mind tries to play off as the truth.
What's in the dark closet that I am so afraid of? What prevents me from moving forward, from being all that I can be? Monsters? The maniac who will stab you to death with a Q-tip? My past? What is so terrifying in that closet that it can't be faced?
You go ahead and turn that light on, little girl. I don't want there to be any scary stuff that you are afraid to illuminate. Face your fears head on and barrel through them, Charlie style. Grab a hold of them with both hand and kiss them directly on the mouth to tell them to fuck off. Don't ever lose that passion to find out why because of being afraid of what is in the dark.