Imagine a bonfire night without fireworks,
Imagine a christmas without crackers,
Imagine a party without balloons.
You have our world, all owing to the fact that twin girl has Ligyrophobia. She has lived with this condition for as long as we can remember and it haunts the whole family. As november fifth approaches we watch others start preparing to burn a guy alive, twin boy gazes longingly at the fireworks in the shop windows. But he can only look to bring even the idea of a firework into our home sets off twin girls condition dramatically.
And when the crackers hit the shops from about September onwards I have revert to online shopping so twin girl doesn’t even catch a glimpse of those lovely festive toys.
If you haven’t met a child with Ligyrophobia yet you probably don’t understand the devastating impact it has on us the parents. We long to be able to stamp gleefully on a balloon when the urge takes us. We dream of shooting rockets up into the sky and attending firework displays at Legoland. But the impact on twin girl’s Ligyrophobia would ensure we had to deal with a vast amount of tears, huge amounts of feet stamping and quite frankly its just not worth it.
The irony being that twin girls Ligyrophobia seems to come and go. If we turn up at a party and the fool who organised it has decided to put balloons out she seems to be able to cope if sweets are provided. We are off for lunch with Santa next week and she has managed to agree that she can bear the crackers if he brings her new shoes. Firework night is still a no go area but her flexibility in other areas gives us hope we too may one day light a rocket and hear it bang.
There is not a support group for parents with children suffering from Ligyrophobia but if others suffer along with me I am thinking of holding counselling sessions at my house every third tuesday of the month. Please bring cake, and walk quietly.
I am sure you are all aware of this debilitating condition but should you not be;
Ligyrophobia is the irrational fear of loud bangs.
Please have sympathy for us this christmas when you pull your cracker.