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I Thought Ghosts Were Normal: Shoutout This Week To Beth K

Scary Ghost For Ghost StoriesThe shoutout this week is to Beth K, who commented on Facebook about the ‘Ghost Children Of The Train Tracks’ story:

“Ha! We had our own stories here in NC that I grew up with. I thought ghosts were normal.”

I have to admit that my first thought when reading that comment was how jealous I was that she grew up in a place where “ghosts were normal”.

How weird! It’s funny because as a kid I was terrified of ghosts, but at the same time I ate up ghost stories like they were candy. I had even tried to conjure up ghosts a couple of times.

Scared Face Scary StoriesWhat the hell would I have done if I’d saw one? Have a heart attack …or maybe be so thrilled that I would never be the same afterwards (probably both).

My friends and I always felt that ghosts were real but there was never any proof. We wanted proof desperately, but were scared of actually getting the proof at the same time.

I am trying to imagine what it would be like to grow up thinking ghosts were just another part of the neighborhood.

What about you…would you rather grow up thinking ghosts are normal or would that be too scary?

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Why does Cinderella’s father allow her to be treated like a slave?

Cinderella sweeping invisible to her father

”They took her pretty clothes away from her and put an old grey bedgown on her, and gave her wooden shoes.

…In the evening when she had worked till she was weary she had no bed to go to, but had to sleep by the hearth in the cinders.

And as on that account she always looked dusty and dirty, they called her Cinderella.”

In the Disney movie and some versions of the story Cinderella her father dies shortly after marrying the Evil Stepmother, and so he never knows the abuse Cinderella experiences at the hand of her Evil Stepmother and stepsisters.

But in most versions of the story Cinderella’s father is clearly alive and well, interacting with the family and talking directly to Cinderella.

Surely then he can see that his daughter is suddenly wearing tattered clothes, doing all the housework, and doesn’t have a bedroom anymore, being forced to sleep on the floor amongst the ashes?

So… why does he allow this?

In the Brother’s Grimm version of Cinderella he even asks Cinderella and her two stepsisters what presents they want him to bring back from a trip he’s going on.

Um…how about you get Cinderella her nice clothes and her room back? Oh and free her from having to work like a slave all day long? Just a thought.

When all is said and done though, the only real explanation is that he considered the way she was being treated as okay on some level.

Evil Stepmother who abuses CinderellaMaybe his mind became warped and twisted by his new wife, the Evil Stepmother. Maybe she whispered poisonous thoughts into his ear, about how Cinderella needed to be worked hard to fix some sort of personality flaw.

Maybe the Evil Stepmother was a witch, and made it so that Cinderella’s father was blind to the abuses that Cinderella was suffering.

By the Evil Stepmother’s spell he only saw Cinderella as she used to be, in her fine clothes and without the strain of being worked 24/7 on her face.

That would explain why he would so casually ask Cinderella what present she wanted from the fair like that.

These are just my theories of course. As for the old stories of Cinderella, they give no explanation as to why her father let her be treated so badly. I’m guessing this is because it was felt no explanation was needed.

These old fairy tales came from a harsh world. For example, if you didn’t have enough money then a legit idea to solve that problem was to take your kids into the woods and leave them to die (Hansel and Gretel).

So maybe Cinderella’s father didn’t need to be tricked into being okay with the bad treatment she received. He might have felt like it was just a natural part of a harsh world.

So why do you think Cinderella’s father let her be treated so badly? Post your theories in the comments below!

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I Never Trusted Dolls: Shoutout This Week To Kayla

Scary Halloween doll faceThe shoutout this week is to reader Kayla, who commented this on the Legend Of The Real-Life Chucky:

“:o Now,I’m SERIOUSLY not going to be able to sleep.

When I was 5 I saw a movie of Chucky with my parents. After that, I never trusted dolls…especially the ones that are as tall as a little kid…:o”

I’m with you on that one Kayla. It’s funny how something as ‘sweet and innocent’ as dolls can be so spooky at the same time.

When I was a kid I got it in my head that the old dolls in my room would blink on their own and move around when I wasn’t looking. That was the beginning of me being freaked out by spooky dolls.

The upside is when I read a scary story about a doll, it’s easy for me to imagine the scary parts when the doll comes alive.

Happy Halloween!