Saturday, October 27, 2007
Scary Things Again
Since Halloween is coming up and I've already started a theme of things that scare me (bridges), I'm going to post another SCARY thing...STEAM ROLLERS!
The sight of a steam roller five or six times (or more) larger than myself would send shivers of fear down my whole body as the roller chugged across street pavement. I could picture myself, unable to run, being rolled right over the top. Even at six years, I knew I would not pop back up like a cartoon character.
The roller pictured above is a real antique (more so than myself even) - the steam rollers I am talking about are the super sized solid "steel" machines that haven't changed so much in the last 50 years or so.
Just think - you are six and standing in the curb - a steam roller comes slowly down the street - its roller looks like a mountain - what if it jumps the curb - what if it suddenly gets too much fuel - what if? Why can't I jump into my mother's arms, she is standing near to me - why can't I scream - ??????????
So, what is in the human nature that makes that old creeping electricity run up my body even now when I see a roller? Besides the obvious that is - my mind says run, but my body would not run fast enough - and would I look silly letting out a shrill scream and breaking into a slow trot at the site of a roller and in the street or parking lot?