Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Little Man in the Toilet

When I was a little kid, I thought...a little man lived in the toilet and, um...disposed...of the waste you left there.

Yep, I pictured him as a garden gnome. Not scary at all. (source)

Where did I get such a crazy idea? From my crazy dad. When I asked him where everything went when you flushed, he told me there was a little man who lived in the toilet and ate (shudder) it all. Not sure how old I was at the time, but I was young enough to swallow (sorry) this story. Which, sadly, could mean I wasn't that young (insert joke here).

What I do know is that long after I realized he had been making a joke, I continued to fear using the bathroom in the dark. I wouldn't be able to see any signs of the little man! It wasn't that easy to use it during the daytime either; I always checked carefully before sitting down. Rationally, I knew my worry was absurd, but I never sat down without thinking the little man might...wait for it...pop up and pinch me on the hiney.

The good news is I no longer check the toilet bowl for signs of the little man lying in wait for my bare hiney to present itself. Here's to conquering childhood fears!

Now, go read some other FTSF posts found on hosts, Kristi's, Janine's, Kate's, and Stephanie's blogs.




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  1. Your dad's story was too funny and here is to totally conquering childhood fears. Thanks for sharing this and linking up with us again this week!! :)

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  2. Haha! That is hilarious! Every once in awhile, I still check the toilet before I sit on it... more because of my fear of bugs than the "little man"...

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    1. Anxiety rears its ugly head again, huh, Stephanie?

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  3. Yikes. He looks remarkably like the Travelocity Gnome. Perhaps that's his new position after he moved on after being flushed from the job at your house...

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  4. HAHAHA! I think of the little man (as in an alligator in the bowl - I know!) in the middle of the night. We may have passed my fear of toilets to my son because he still will NOT sit on the toilet. Peeing, standing up is fine! Poo? No way, dude!! Awesome post!

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    1. Potty training is the absolute WORST. It just seems to take so long!

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  5. Haha! Great story :) So glad you managed to conquer that childhood fear!!

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  6. I LOVE this idea! It shows the originality, creativeness and wonder of a little child. Love the gnome!

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie, but my imagination may have gone too far.

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  7. This had me giggling. The gnome (however a meaner lookin one) is who I pictured the "thumb snatcher" to be. My daddy told me that thumb snatcher would come and take my thumb if I continued to suck it. I remember one time we were at a lake that was heavily wooded and he said the thumb snatcher lived "in there". The only thing that did was create a "woods" phobia for me long after I knew there was no thumb snatcher. I didn't stop sucking my thumb for many MANY years, I just did it in private.

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    1. Our parents can really terrify us inadvertently, huh? Sometimes I worry about what I have said that will stick with my children forever.

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  8. Made me laugh thinking about growing up watching commercials featuring the Ty-D-Bol man. I never thought about what he ate! [#FTSF]

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  9. I am just in amazement about how many of these childhood rememberances feature a toilet in them somewhere! Wow!

    I'm glad you conquered your fear :)

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    1. I didn't catch that theme, but it's not a hard one to understand. Kids are fascinated by the toilet! The theme I did notice was how many of these memories are memories of fear. I tend to dismiss childhood as an idyllic, worry-free time, children actually have a lot of fears and worries. It's good to remember that those are as valid in childhood as our adult worries are to us now.

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  10. I love reading about the way kids' minds work and this is such a great and typical story that I could almost imagine thinking the same way myself (as a child).

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    1. Isn't it? I so want to get in my kids' heads some times. My daughter has a completely irrational fear of clocks. I hope she can explain it to us some day.

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  11. Oh, this post made me smile! I love kids' imaginations, and that picture is so funny. My daughter thinks that her poop goes to Pennsylvania!

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    1. Pennsylvania? I'd love to hear how she got that idea!

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  12. OMG, that would have freaked me out. I hate using pit toilets when I'm at a state park - I'm always afraid there's a raccoon or Gremlin or something waiting for me to hover, so it can jump up and bite my rear. My dad convinced me that he was a native American when he was little and that my grandpa was the chief. I wrote a post about that a while back - I could have used that for this sentence - didn't even think about it.

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    1. Parents are so convincing! Little do we know our own power.

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  13. OMG we ARE twins! I was also terrified to use the bathroom in the dark (um...still keep a night light in there) but not for fear of a little man. I thought for sure there was an alligator living in the sewer that would somehow know I was on the potty and jump up to snap my butt off. How funny!

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    1. I do think a fear of snakes coming out of any bathroom drain entered in for awhile. But the little man was funnier so I went with him.

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