Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I have a phobia.
Not the normal "I hate spiders" phobia.
Although I DO hate spiders.
Don't get me started!

I have a "thing" about metal scraping against metal.
It's like nails on a chalkboard to me.
No ... worse.

Knives and forks rubbing together.
Knife sharpening.
You get the idea.

The sound makes me involuntarily convulse.
I don't know why.
I've had this issue since I can remember.

The Husband used to think I made this up.
Thought I was over-reacting.

Until ...

He used to have a set of dinnerware that had a floral motif on it.
If you rubbed your fork or knife across the motif ...
I can't even continue that sentence.
It sets my teeth on edge.
The hair on my arms stands straight up.
My limbs flail in strange ways.
I have a slight gag reflex.

I fell asleep watching tv.
He was enjoying a bowl of ice cream.
He began to purposely scrape the bowl with his spoon!
He said I was twitching like an epileptic in my sleep.
And he laughed.
Evil man!

Needless to day, The Husband sharpens the knives.
I hand him the knife and the sharpener.
He waits until I put my fingers in my ears.
The entire time he's dragging the blade through the sharpener (UGH!) ...
I'm shouting ...
and I mean SHOUTING ...
Just to drown out the sound.
It seems to work.

There's an Indian restaurant that we frequent.
They have a great dessert.
Homemade Mango Ice Cream.
It's to die for.
It comes in a lovely metal bowl.
That you eat with a metal spoon.

The first time it was delivered to our table
The Husband burst out laughing.
"We can ask them to bring you a plastic spoon, dear."
I sighed.
"No. I don't want to look like a freak.
I'll just be careful."
So every spoonful I took was carefully scooped out of the bowl.
So as not to touch the side.
It was agonizing.

I haven't ordered the ice cream since.


Clippy Mat said...

makes perfect sense to me because i was shuddering at the very idea of it.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Ugh! I have an issue with pencils. Old, dry, scratchy pencils hitting paper sends shivers down my spine.

Busy Bee Suz said...

So funny...that does not bother me, but I can see why it would others.
I loathe loud noises in general. but I do like concerts. go figure.

Penny said...

One of my best friends has the same issue! I used to think she was overreacting too but clearly its a common thing! Try carrying your own cutlery to restaurants! :)