My friends and family know this about me, and I figured it's time to share it on the ol' blog.
I have a major worm phobia. The precise name for this disorder of mine would be Scoleciphobia.
And the problem with this fear is that every year around this time, it begins to rain a lot. And every time it rains, worms take over my sidewalks and streets. They are everywhere. Slimy, creepy, and trying to kill me. And there's even a smell that goes with it. There's a difference in the smell of a rain with no worms and a rain where the worms become the rulers of the sidewalks.
This fear developed as a child, but really took over in college when I had to walk everywhere. I'd be lying if I said I never skipped a class because of worms on the sidewalk.
And what might be even worse than the slimy worms on rainy days (I am gagging as I type this), is the day after when the sun comes out and the worms dry up and crunchy and waiting to be stepped on outside.
I spend pretty much all of March through May with my eyes glued to the pavement when I am outside because the idea of stepping on these things (dried up or in the rain) makes me crazy to think about. But it's a horrible cycle, because if I am looking at the ground, that means I have to look at them, which in turns make me want to puke. It's really a terrible problem. I hate stepping on them, because I then imagine them being tracked into my house. Because of this, I beg my poor husband to watch where he walks outside. He puts up with a lot.
So now that you all probably think I'm nuts (which I am, it's okay, I know it), please let me know if you live in a part of the country that doesn't experience "rain worms" the way we do in Virginia. I'm in the market for a wormless new neighborhood!