The Daughter Chronicles

Friday, October 31, 2008

Norah is scared of everything!

I'm not sure what happened to Norah. She used to be, if not fearless, at least willing to do stuff. In the past few months, however, she has learned to fear, and now she freaks out if any little thing disturbs her world. My theory is that she's learned that things can hurt her but not that things probably won't hurt her. I hope she grows out of this phase quickly and reaches a point where she has a fear of truly scary stuff but understand that most things in the world are not terrifying.

Of course, as it's Halloween, her new fear of everything puts kind of a damper on things. She was very excited about wearing her Tinkerbell costume (no pictures, as our camera is not working right now) and going trick-or-treating. We went to a Halloween party last week, and she had a grand time, but I figured she might not enjoy going out too much. Mia is typically exhausted at the end of the week, so I didn't think we'd go out for too long, but I hoped we could go for a while, at least.

So they got their costumes on (Mia was Supergirl) and we headed out. We visited one of Mia's old caretakers from pre-school, who lives a few blocks over, because it had been a while since we'd seen her. We made it to her door and talked to her for a while, and for a few minutes Norah was okay. But then more and more costumed kids came to her door, and Norah did not enjoy that at all. She was okay as long as the kids didn't have masks on, but when some of them did, she freaked out. We left and she said she was done trick-or-treating and she wanted to go home. As we walked back to our street, I kept asking her if she wanted to get more candy, but she kept saying she wanted to go home. So go home we did.

It's disappointing but not surprising. Just because she kept saying she wanted to go trick-or-treating doesn't mean she would do it. We kept telling her it was all pretend and that there was nothing to be afraid of, but when push came to shove, she couldn't do it. Oh well. It would be nice if she could grow out of it soon.

We're not sure why she's so scared of everything. We've tried to get her through it, but nothing is working so far. We're happy that she still sleeps through the night in her room. At least there's that.


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