Trash Trucks and the Incredible Hulk #sol19


I struggled to find something to write about today.  I sat here at my desk for about thirty minutes.  After trying a few ideas that didn’t work, I pulled one of my favorite books, Kate Messner’s 59 Reasons To Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration For Teachers and began flipping through the pages.  I stopped on page 114 and read one of Jo’s Morning Warm-Ups (Jo Knowles is one of the contributors to this book and one of the authors involved in Teachers Write).  Jo’s Morning Warm-Up focused on fear and encouraged readers to “describe a fear you had as a child” (Messner, 2015,p. 114).  Immediately, I thought of trash trucks and the Incredible Hulk.  I wasn’t a child who was afraid of a lot of things.  I never had a fear of the dark or monsters under my bed or in my closet.  I didn’t have separation anxiety when away from my parents. But I was scared of a trash truck and the Incredible Hulk.  

My family and I lived in an apartment when I was small.  I can still remember the rumble of the trash truck when it pulled into our apartment complex.  I can still see the dumpster rising up in the air and dumping its contents.   That noise frightened me so much and every time I saw the trash truck approach, I dreaded the noise even though that’s really all it was—just a noise.

When I think about the Incredible Hulk, something about the transformation into the Hulk frightened me.  I don’t know if it was the noise or the anger displayed by the Hulk or his creepy eyes, but I didn’t like the Hulk one bit!

Thank goodness that when the Hulk came on TV, I was already in love with books and could curl up with a story that made the Hulk disappear!



4 thoughts on “Trash Trucks and the Incredible Hulk #sol19

  1. Tracy Vogelgesang

    The magic of books to make things better! When I was very small, I had a recurring dream about a monster made of grape jelly who loitered outside my bedroom window. I have no idea from where that dream originated, but I could not look at a jar of grape jelly without shuddering in fear, lol! I enjoyed your slice, Jen!

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  2. Pia Alliende

    I just entered in your blog Jennifer and I am so happy! Thanks for this slice and also for mentioning the books, quotes and other things that inspire you to write. I will try this warm up myself and see what happen. I didn’t like Hulk either.

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