Monster in the Closet

Photo by: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Little Tanya was still screaming when her father ran into her bedroom.

“What’s wrong honey?” worried Greg. “Are you okay?”

Tears streaming, Tanya pointed at the closet. “Monster!”

Greg sighed with relief. Many children imagined monsters in the closet. He made a show of investigating.

But this time, there really was a monster in the closet. “Unbelievable!” shouted Greg. “There is one!”

“What is it?” whimpered Tanya.

“It’s a purple-toed, blue-eared Grabber! ”

“It’s just a Grabber?” exhaled Tanya. “That’s a relief!”

“Well, it’s still a monster.”

“That’s okay,” said Tanya. “At least it’s not one of those murdering Alt-Right Monsters.
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/08/16/18-august-2017/

Author’s Notes:

Recently, members of the Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacist, and other lunatic fringe groups marched in Charlottesville. Counter-protesters marched against them. An Alt-Right degenerate rammed a car into a group of counter-protesters defending humanity. One was killed and nineteen injured. There’s real monsters in the world, infesting society like intestinal worms. We all need to stay on guard and root out the pus-filled Alt-Right infection wherever we find it.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/13/us/charlottesville-white-nationalist-rally-car-crash/index.html

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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37 Responses to Monster in the Closet

  1. Yep… sometimes those monsters are real. It is all in how we respond to them that makes them dangerous. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, like not condemning the murderers quickly enough, or assigning half the blame to those defending human rights… Hopefully, folks with a working moral compass can send the correct message to those monsters.

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  2. I never use their preferred term “alt-right,” a PR creation if ever there was one. “Freedom fighter” and “insurgent” are other ones that are manufactured to shape our view. My preferred term is “white supremacist douchebag.”
    I like your story, though!

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  3. Joy Pixley says:

    A sad state of affairs when the monsters in our closets are not as bad as the monsters in our streets.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I appreciated the topical take. Some monsters don’t have to be imagined, they already exist.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Glad you liked this. Lately it seems, the monsters of reality are far worse than those of imagination!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Varad says:

        So true! Yesterday there was one more vehicle ploughing into the public in Barcelona. I have been to La Rambla before, where the incident took place. A lovely little place with good street food, fantastic sangria and lot of street artists and performers. This along with the incidents in Nice, London, Germany and Charlottesville makes me question the very purpose of humanity.

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      • EagleAye says:

        Oh man! In any city I go to I seek out places exactly like that. I’m comfortable and happy in such environments. Had I been in Barcelona, I probably would have been there.

        And don’t let the terrorists cause doubt for a second. That’s what they want. They want everyone else to be as miserable and twisted inside as they are. They don’t know how to “create” places like La Rambla nor how to simply stop and enjoy them. In Barcelona they were chanting, “We are not afraid!” Good on them for that. That’s how you defeat the monsters.

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  5. James says:

    Actually, I was thinking of maybe Cookie Monster, Elmo, or Grover. Those would be monsters any kid would be happy to find in their closet.

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  6. This sounded like a cool game a father and daughter might play — until I read your Note. So tragic and senseless.

    I read one time that the “father of television”, the man who invented the electronics behind the TV screen, thought once his invention was widespread there’d be no more ignorance or prejudice in the world. Everyone would be educated, have the opportunity to see other peoples as they really were; there’d be no more stereotypes. But at the end of his life he cried because nothing had changed.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I can see why the inventor thought that. TV has the potential to do that. Look at the programming on Public Television. That’s television as it ought to be, informing and enlightening. Unfortunately, most television panders to the lowest common denominator. So TV is rarely as instructional as it could be. It’s no surprise the inventor cried.

      I feel like we’re back in the tumultuous 1960-70s where race riots were a common event, and famously the Nazis marched in Skoki, Illinois (a predominantly Jewish neighborhood).

      I do hope that if my voice and millions of other voices rise up, we can stop the infection before it really gets started.

      Thanks very much for your thoughts!

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      • My heart goes out to you folks. Thinking back to incidents when Obama was President, it does seems this open racism has been awhile in the slow boil stage. But let’s hope that, like those years, this is an era that will pass and peace will be restored.

        My Dad was a racist. We’d use the term WASP. Anything other than Anglo-Saxon — or someone he’d class as an inferior Anglo-Saxon — was contemptible. I met a southern white racist in Arkansas one time and his comment about blacks would have been in line with my Dad’s thinking. These were two deeply unhappy men, totally dissatisfied with their lot in life and own families, never mind the rest of the world.

        Racists are bullies, IMO, people with humongous personal issues who need someone to hate, so they can feel better about who and what they are.

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      • EagleAye says:

        My sympathies back to you. Your father was misled, tricked by haters into believing their destructive ideas.

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  7. Fear is such a disabling thing, but it’s the fear, not the thing, we are really afraid of, that cripples us. Facing that fear is always good. Well done daughter. Well done, Dad for facing down that monster!

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    • EagleAye says:

      You are so right! Wise words. Xenophobia is the fear that grips the alt-right. If they only stopped to face their fears and get to know other human beings, they’d realize their only enemy was the fear itself.

      Thanks bunches for your thoughts. I appreciate it. 🙂

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  8. rgayer55 says:

    Great use of the prompt. It seems many far right extremists are using Trump’s election as a green flag to enthusiastically charge ahead with their hate-filled agenda. Unfortunately, these monsters don’t hide under beds or lurk in closets by drive the streets proudly wearing their swastikas.

    What happened to “Make America safe again?”

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    • EagleAye says:

      They sure. Hate crimes are on the rise. Whether intended or not, Trump has emboldened the lunatic fringe. And yeah, this “alt-right” is a real monster, not just an anxiety closet. Is it any wonder where the lore of goblins came from?

      We all want to Make America Great Again. It seems some have destructive ideas about how to do that.

      Thanks for your thoughts! Much appreciated.

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  9. Dear Eric,

    No you didn’t! SMH And a little child shall lead them. I’d laugh if I weren’t crying.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, there’s two parts of this. The amusing part gets drowned out by another fresh wound committed by the Nazis and their degenerate friends. All of us with compassion are crying right now. Thanks Rochelle!

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  10. draliman says:

    Nice one!
    Coincidentally, I just saw a video on FB of Arnold Schwarzenegger saying what he thinks of the so-called “alt-right” (whatever that’s supposed to mean) along with helpful tips for Mr Trump on what he should be saying.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Schwarzenegger has had some choice words for Trump before. I’ll bet that’s an interesting video. 😉 To me, “alt-right” translates to “far right-wing,” and that usually translates to “fascist.”

      Thanks very much for chiming in! 🙂

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    I’m glad Tanya was brave about the monster in her closet! The alt-right are an intractable problem that will only be resolved with a great deal of hard work and time.
    But I am optimistic that things have improved and will continue to improve provided we ensure our teachers are properly trained in how to convey good, humane values to their students. I can only speak about the UK from direct experience, but when I grew up, even nice people routinely used the N word, and discrimination was pretty much universal. And now nobody uses the N word, and there is much less discrimination.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I agree that things are “improving,” though still not where we need to be. It’s an ongoing, worldwide project to improve how humans treat one another. We’ll just have to stay the course and keep working at it until we are all one family.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated!

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  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Very creative take to reminds us monsters are real.

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  13. wmqcolby says:

    I remember Bob Dylan’s lyrics —
    “Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool
    And when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled
    Oh, man is opposed to fair play
    He wants it all and he wants it his way
    Now, there’s a woman on my block
    She just sit there as the night grows still
    She say who gonna take away his license to kill?”

    Liked by 1 person

  14. granonine says:

    Too bad there isn’t an Alt-Repellant spray that works for both left and right.

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