Right from the outset, I should have known it would end in tears. But when I spied the 50-cent oven mitt in an op shot, I couldn’t resist it. Shaped like a crocodile’s head, with the mouth opening and shutting when puppetted by a hand, it seemed like a good idea.

David, March 2010
Here comes the scary crocodile!

David has had a lot of fun with the crocodile over the last week. He chases the girls and teases them with it. Now, in order to terrify Calista, all he has to do is start growling in his crocodile voice.

Brioni, 3yo, + Calista, 23 months old, March 2010
David wears the crocodile like a puppet and attacks from behind the couch.

Brioni, 3yo, + Calista, 23 months old + David, March 2010
Brioni enjoys the game, while Calista is quite scared.

Brioni, 3yo, + Calista, 22 months old, February 2010
Zooming in, you can see that Brioni wraps her arm around her sister protectively, and Cali is genuinely worried.

What is it about being scared that is so fun? Even though the girls are scared of the crocodile game, they love it and ask for more. Adults often continue with the theme, choosing to do extremely scary things for the adrenalin rush.

I just don’t get it. I prefer being not-scared. I avoid things like rollercoasters and bungee jumps. Give me a couch and a book any day, and go get yourself scared silly.