When I was a child, I worried about bad guys lurking in closets and under the bed. Although I still occasionally worry about these things, I am now more apt to worry about adult concerns such as my job or my children's future. In the comic strip Bloom County, the character Opus stored his anxieties in an anxiety closet. I love the idea of storing my anxieties in a closet, where I can forget about them for a while but also get them out if I really need them.
My older son was interested in alien abduction for a while. One day he informed me he had been abducted by aliens. It turns out he found a web site with a quiz to help readers determine if they are an abductee. One of the questions was: As a child, were you afraid of creatures hiding under the bed or in closets? Aren't all children afraid of these things? Please tell me it is so. Otherwise I can draw only one conclusion ... I am an abductee :-).