I was afraid of the Toe Kick Monster. A toe kick is the little area underneath a floor cabinet where your toes go. I always feared the idea that some sort of monster could shrink itself so tiny, that it could hide invisibly in the toe kick area. If you look for it before standing in front of the cabinet, you can't see it. It only appears when you actually go up to the cabinet and stand there. It is when you're not looking that the Toe Kick Monster grows a hand that will suddenly pop out and grab your ankle, pulling you into an unknown dimension where nobody will ever find you.
|I would much prefer a Cupcake Monster hand|
over a Toe Kick Monster hand. Then I could eat it!
From Flickr user Kristin Ausk
But I was rational enough to brush my teeth anyway. I would brush my teeth while shaking, slightly whimpering, growing little goose bumps, and feeling my hair standing on end. I would brush, brush, brush, as quickly as possible. Then, I would run to my room with my heart pounding and sinking to my stomach, and jump into bed and climb under the covers. My dog would whimper a little too, worried that there was something wrong with me. I would reach my hand under my bed to console her, and myself. Then we would both settle in for a good night sleep, protected from the Toe Kick Monster until the next evening.