I am afraid of heights, spiders, snakes, and elephant trunks. So, I jumped out of many planes, allowed spiders of all kinds to crawl on my arms and legs until I grew to love them, and, while camping in the Bolivian jungle, held an 8-foot boa constrictor around my neck .
As for elephant trunks? I haven't yet conquered that fear. I will, though. Mark my words, folks. Mark my words.
My resolution this year will be to hang out with more elephants and learn to love their trunks. Here are the "before" photos just in from Mr. Mankato. He has video footage, too, that I know he will use, eventually, as blackmail.
But, within a year, mind you, you will see the "after" pictures of me with elephants, smiling. Until then, these images will serve as entertainment (and proof!) for my friends who know that on the outside, I'm strong and independent.
On the inside: a little girl, sometimes, afraid of the boogy man.