Friday, March 6, 2009

The Dark Side

The logos can bring such joy and happiness, but they also can bring panic and anger. There is one logo that is so "scary" to Daniel that it holds our family hostage. This is the logo that he fears will show up on the T.V. therefore, he will not watch any show that isn't on HGTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, The Disney Channel, or PBS. Anything else, is unacceptable and he'll leave the room, often running, for fear of what the next commercial will be.

We cannot go to ANY restaurant that has T.V.'s on because he goes into a panic. We have sat in the car countless times as my husband runs in to see if the establishment has TVs. If it's a small place and no one's there, we've requested they turn them off so we can dine in peace. One little place by us used to do that. There were also times when someone was watching a game and we had to move on and go somewhere else.

We won't be going to Tiger Stadium any time soon. Said logo is ALL over the stadium. We went ONCE. Enough said???? We spent the whole time in the area where the restaurants and carousels are, and are logo free.

When we were driving to bike camp last summer in the Detroit area, we passed billboards on the way, bigger than life, with the horrible logo upon it. Luckily in our area, we don't have this business, so we don't, yet, need to change the route somewhere due to "scary signs". After the first day going to camp, he knew where the billboards were, and when we'd be getting close I'd glance behind me to see Daniel bent over with his head between his knees, hiding his face until we had passed into safety. I'd be telling him happily that it's just a picture, nothing can happen from it. Everything is o.k. Wasting my breath once again.

I suppose you'd like to see the most evil logo ever invented. The logo that prevents any sports from being on in any room near Daniel. That if basketball is on in our basement, he is upstairs with all the doors closed. That if I go ahead with the speech therapist's suggestion and I bring him to individual sessions at $50 a pop, she will work on desensitizing him to it. Ready?

Isn't it frightening? LOL? My only thought is that when he was maybe 3 we had a little stuffed Belle Tire guy that someone had given us. This is when we lived in the Detroit area for a few years. When you squeezed it it said "Belle Tire" in a sort of demonic way. He hated that and I think that's where it stems from. But here we are EIGHT years later being held hostage by the Belle Tire guy. The panic that this smiling little tire instills in my child is unbelievable. I still haven't been driven (pun!) to doling out the $$$ to try to get him over this. I'm not sure what the therapist would do, because if you even start talking about it he starts yelling at you to stop talking. If she persisted he would probably refuse to see her ever again. Does any one's child have an irrational fear that you have had to help them deal with? I'd love to hear your ideas!

PS thanks Beck for your suggestion!


Jude K. said...

I'm sure the Belle Tire guy came from a BBcard show Tom was at we gave it to Daniel. Sorry! :(

Mama Mara said...

Oh the horror!
I highly recommend "boggart therapy". (A boggart, if you are not a Harry Potter freak, is a magical creature that can morph into the thing you fear most. To combat a boggart, wizards use a "Ridiculoso" spell which morphs the scary creature into something comical.)

Rocky has feared the KKK for years, so we imagine (and draw) KKK members without their hats, revealing that all of them are coneheads. We tiedye their white robes and speculate about the frilly lace panties they are hiding. Whenever Rocky thinks of KKK guys now, he starts laughing.

I'm thinking the Belle Tire guy would look much less menacing if he were wearing a fake nose and glasses, high heels, and a crown. Ridiculoso!

Laura Grace said...

My daughter HATED these commericals, but only because of the logo; something about the eyes, and the little tail of the hat moving around...

Jodi said...

OMG, Michelle. What a story! I was reading it with baited breath - wondering (with anticipation) what logo could instill such fear....and then saw (and heard in my head) BELLE TIRE. LOL. Im sorry to be laughing - but hope I'm laughing WITH you. Isnt it amazing what things inspire and/or terrify?? I remember when Cameron was 3 - he was TERRIFIED of anything "larger than life" - that's the only way I could describe it to his preschool and Sunday School teachers. And - until you pay attention - you don't realize how many "larger than life" things are in our world - especially to a 3 year old. These things included the "Pizza Pizza Man" (Little Ceasers mascot), Sparty (oh horror - once we saw him at Cold Stone and he kissed my hand and I thought Cam was going to have a heart attack), Clifford (who came to his PRESCHOOL one day - and he had to be in another END of the school), and the biggest one of all - CHUCK E. CHEESE. Thank goodness at 9 he has overcome (or accepted) these fears - but we suffered for at least 2 years, and I have many stories that will go down in history Im sure.

Bobbi said...

I just found your blog. When I read about your sons fears, it reminded me of my son in a way. He makes me fast forward videos all the time for certain reason. That's cool he likes logos. My son has autism and is afraid of:

Lawn mowers/weed eaters/saw/leaf blower,etc because of their noises.
My newphew
Small jumpy dogs

I can't really think of anything too strange right now. Give me time and I'll think of it. It must be really hard. My son gets hyper sensative and really aware of the things that scare him. Yardsales in the summer are hard because you just never know when someone will start up a lawn mower.

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