Tuesday, January 24, 2012

i almost screamed when i saw you

i am one of those people that startles really easily and really dramatically. and over the past couple of years it has just gotten worse. yesterday i was in the kitchen and my husband walked in. i turned around, saw him, and did that gasp-half scream thing, threw my hand over my heart which had conveniently stopped pumping regularly, and had to take a moment to get my breathing back to normal. he wasn't even sneaking in or anything.

a few days ago, i was watching a show on my computer in the bedroom. the door was closed so i wouldn't hear the show that my husband was watching in the living room. i heard the doorknob twist, which, to any normal person, would be enough warning that someone was coming in. and, i knew someone was coming in. but then when i saw him standing next to the bed, i had a heart attack as if he had just appeared out of thin air.

and it is not only at home where this happens, which is probably the worst part. a couple of weeks ago i was leaving the bathroom in target just as someone was coming in. as i went to push the door back, someone was pulling it from the other side, and then some lady was standing in front of me. i did my usual melodramatic reaction, screamed "oh my god," jumped back, and then tried to laugh it off. i think i terrified her. it would be really kind of funny if it wasn't also pretty embarrassing.

so yeah, you don't even have to jump out from behind a corner and scream boo to scare me out of my wits. all you have to do is announce your presence and wait for me to see you. i'm really trying to work on this. you know, for the innocent strangers that my drama affects.

*Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts - Brandon Flowers 


  1. once i was exiting the bathroom closest to the cafeteria in ISA, the one with the weird brown wall/miniature hallway in front of the door. anyways, badriyah was leaving, and she turned the brown wall just as i did. i got so melodramatically scared i said 'eek'. with a screech. -_-

  2. haha i don't remember that. i don't think i've ever "eek"ed, but getting melodramatically scared is very familiar to me. good to know i'm not the only one. and that wall thing was designed just for the purpose of scaring people. there really is no other use to it. i never understood why it was even there.

  3. anonymous hippopotamusJanuary 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    they always put extra privacy in women's bathrooms in case a guy accidentally walks in...thats the purpose of the wall

    and i am the queen of getting startled. everything scares me

  4. omg. anonymous hippopotamus! i just thought about it, and all the bathrooms i've ever been to have a turn or wall or obstruction right in front of the door. i never noticed before.

  5. i knew that about other bathrooms, but for some reason it just seemed pointless in that one. maybe because i knew it was for a girls only school? though i suppose it wasn't made to be that way.