Are you afraid of the dark?

10 Jun

If you really want to give a seven-year-old nightmares, skip the ghost tales and bogeyman threats. Do what my visiting aunt did and tuck the kid in with a bedtime story about a debilitating disease. My aunt’s epidemic of choice? AIDS, of course. If Rent is any indication of history, AIDS was the disease of nineties, and I’m sure my aunt was just trying to keep me aware. She was hardly descriptive but she unintentionally terrified me, robbing me of countless hours of sleep.


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