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When Childhood Fears Come True

By Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal - December 22, 2012

What I keep thinking when the subject turns to Newtown is that childhood is often remembered as a time of joy and innocence, but it's a time of terrible fears and great frights, too. The young are darkly imaginative.

I knew a 5-year-old girl who was so afraid of ET that when she saw a picture of him she'd scream. A friend, a sturdy American journalist, remembered being a child of 6 or 7. "I had monsters in the closet and under my bed. They walked across phone wires into my bedroom window, they slithered up the sides on my mother's car. Sometimes they had tall pointy heads."

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