Gremlins in our Midst

1975 Kim HauntedAs a young child, I often feared creatures lurking in dark shadows. My bedroom closet ran under the eaves of the roof and into the depths of the attic. Here lived a number of gruesome, horrific beasties – monsters that scared the bejeezus out of me.

My father claimed they were squirrels.

Only the light kept the monsters at bay. After dark, I’d hit the switch, get a running start and leap to the safety of my lace canopy bed. I had to keep my feet away from the edge. This kept the gremlins from dragging me to the underworld by my ankles. Obviously. Each morning proved it so.

Sometimes the wind howled off the murky waters of Lake Erie. The skeleton white branches of the birch would scrape and claw at my window. Or was it the birch? I’d lay in my bed, covers overhead, eyes squinched shut against the darkness as I wished away the demons.

Today I turn 40.  Not much has changed. But with age comes wisdom and I know this to be true. My father was wrong.

The gremlins aren’t squirrels and they are very, very real.



  1. Hahahaha. Indeed they are.

    I used to be terrified of gremlins, too. Maybe a part of me still is.

  2. Oh the things that lurk under beds!

    But I love squirrels.

  3. Happy, happy birthday, Kim! I hope you have a wonderful day with your darling little ones!

  4. Happy Birthday!

    Adorable photo (did that squirrel photo bomb you?)!


  5. Happy birthday, Kim! Loved the picture, video and post. Your gremlins must keep the area under the couch very clean! If my white dog managed to crawl under mine, he would emerge grey with dust!

  6. Happy birthday to you!! Those are some scary gremlins you have there, and such spooky music. Perfect for Halloween!! Enjoy your birthday weekend!

  7. I remember nights staring at the closet door with the sheets up to my neck or being careful not to put a foot or arm over the edge of the bed for fear of getting dragged under it by some nasty troll:) Thanks for the spooky memories! Hope you're having a lovely and happy birthday!

  8. Thanks for the birthday wishes, everybody! I did have a wonderful time. Sorry I didn't say so sooner but I had to leave town immediately afterward for a family memorial. Now that I'm back, the fun can resume once more!

  9. I grew up with a dog who slept at the foot of my bed. I never feared gremlins, ghosts, or monsters because I knew my dog would protect me.

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