Pitch Black Darkness!
September 15, 2008 7:14am CST
I woke up in the middle of the night to pitch black darkness! This might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I have a deep-seated fear of the darkness. I have been this way all of my life. I will not sleep in the house without some source of light at night. We were in the middle of a huge power outage and I was faced with a dilemma -to take a chance on leaving a candle burning and just go to sleep, or to try and stay awake even though I felt exhausted. In the end I forced myself to shut my eyes very tightly and pray that the lights would be back on when I woke up. Fat chance! After dozing for a short while I came awake abruptly with the feeling that I was drowning in a sea of darkness. I quickly grabbed my flashlight and turned it on. I decided that it would be much better if I lit a candle and placed it in the kitchen on top of the stove where it would be relatively safe while I got some sleep on the love seat. I was ready to jump for joy when I was awakened by the hum of the a/c and the sound of the exhaust over the stove, and, wonder of wonders, the lights over the stove and in the bathroom were shining brightly. Do you have a fear of the darkness? If so, when did it begin?
• Palatka, Florida
15 Sep 08
I am like this also. I always leave a light on somewhere in the living room. So I can see if I need to get up to go to the rest room. I hate it myself also when the lights go off in the middle of the night while I am sleeping
• United States
15 Sep 08
I have a bit of fear of the dark. I guess it started when my parents took my nightlight away as punishment for reading past my bedtime (I was using the nightlight to read by). I still hate the dark and will not sleep in an unfamiliar place in the dark, I have to leave the light on in hotels and things. At home if my husband is home--I am fine with sleeping in the dark. But since he has been away on a business trip, I have been leaving the bathroom light on. At least your power came back on!