Here’s this week’s Wednesday Story, which will be part of our first short story collection called “Tiny Burps”:

Fear - a short story by Patrick S. Stemp and Anita Soelver


My dog is scared of fireworks.
She hides under my bed.
She’s a silly dog.
There’s nothing to be afraid of.
But that’s OK!
While she’s under there,
She can keep the monsters away!

Written by Patrick S. Stemp
Illustrated by Anita Soelver

Patrick's thoughts

Previously on Frogburps, we talked about the fear of sharing our art.

This is fear of a different sort. Everyone is scared of something. While my fears may seem silly to you, or yours to me, that doesn’t make them any less real.

Our kids have a lot of fears that seem irrational to us. It’s easy to laugh them off because they seem ridiculous.

I suppose we do the same to our adult friends. I think it’s pretty crazy for you to be afraid of flying in this day and age. But don’t mock me for being scared of dirty, disgusting snakes.

Fear can be exciting. It’s OK to have a little fun with a friend who’s afraid of spiders. Plant a rubber one in their desk drawer. They’ll get the same jolt as they would watching a good horror movie.

Be careful though, because you know there’s going to be payback.

Anita's thoughts

Fear. One of the most basic instincts, and probably one of our best, when all comes to all.

Although it might seem like an annoying thing when you’re afraid of spiders, it will definitely be a good instinct to keep you from walking too close to the edge when you’re on a high building or a mountain. It stops you from doing dangerous things that could harm yourself. It’s just a part of being human.

But fear will never manifest as hard, as when you become a parent. Everything is suddenly dangerous. Small items that your child can swallow. Sharp corners that they can hit their head on. They could get lost. They could be lured in by strangers. They could meet the wrong guy or girl in high school. They can get sick. Mortality is carved out in solid rock when you become a parent, and it never stops. The best we can do is to not let that fear overwhelm us or overpower the fun we’re having. Because it’s also one of the greatest things in life, to be a parent. But fear is a close friend to that joy. A thing most people won’t understand fully, until they’re parents themselves. And maybe that’s a good thing 😉

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