Today is the second Monday in October, which means it's also RIPPLES IN THE INKWELL day.
Ripples in the Inkwell #inkripples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the second Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate. Simply compose your post using the monthly theme, grab the image and link back to the three of them. Make sure to use #inkripples when you play along and promote your posts. The idea is to toss a word, idea, or image into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There's no wrong way to do it.
October's theme is fears/things that go bump in the night.
Fears? I have a few. I guess my greatest fears are elevators and submarines. What do these have in common? They're suffocating, at least to me. When I'm in an elevator, I imagine all sorts of things could happen. The electricity goes out and I'm stranded not only in the elevator, but in a dark elevator. Shudder. Or, the person on the elevator with me is a mass murderer, carrying a knife that he's going to slash my throat with. Shiver.
Then there's the submarine. Have you ever been on a submarine? I was once, for about five minutes. On a visit to our son and daughter-in-law in Charleston, SC, we went to Patriot's Point where they have all these old airplanes and ships. They also have the first nuclear submarine, and visitors can go on board all of the planes and ships. So, we decided to see what a submarine was like.
First we walked down the steps into the sub. No windows. People strolling through it. No windows, like you're underground, suffocating. I tried to enjoy the experience. I really did. No windows. Finally, I told the others to go on, I'd wait for them outside. My son thought I was joking, until he saw my face. I must have looked horrified, because he said, "You're not kidding, are you?" That was my first and last adventure on a submarine. I have a lot of respect for the men and woman that spend weeks and months confined to a place where you can't see the trees and clouds and sky.
These are my greatest fears. I don't care for the dark, either, and keep candles and flashlights handy for emergencies.
What are your greatest fears?