My First Panic Attack

In the 1960's Dutch Elm Disease started killing off the gorgeous old trees of Detroit. Our street was lined with beautiful mature trees whose canopies met in the middle of the road as though they were holding hands.In an ultimately hopeless effort to save the trees, the city decided to spray them twice a year to try to kill the beetle that carried the infection. About a week before the spraying was scheduled, warning signs appeared on the trees, stating the time of the treatment and urging everyone to stay inside with their windows and doors closed.I think they also said to bring your laundry in off the line. There might have even been a prayer, but I may be remembering that wrong. Memories of my Catholic childhood tend to insert prayers where none actually appeared.I took these warnings very seriously, as I took (and still take) all warnings, instructions and listed rules.The summer I was six I was playing on my friend Trudy's porch when I heard the distant whine of the tree sprayers. And Freaked. Right. Out. Panic overcame me instantly and I was convinced that I would not be able to run home in time to escape the spray, even though home was right across the street and the sprayers were at least a block away.My mother also kept the doors locked at all times, this being Detroit in the '60's and I was afraid that the sounds of my puny knocking would be lost in the big house and I would be trapped outside, to bear the full brunt of the spraying without even the flimsy screens of Trudy's porch to protect me."We have to get inside!" I yelped to my friends. "Trudy! Tell your mother to let us in!!""She said we have to stay on the porch," Trudy told me.Her mom, though small, was fierce. She listened to "Tiny Bubbles" on repeat while ironing and we were not allowed to make any comments about it. We did that once and had been locked out of the house because of it. Even in my panicked state, I knew better than to argue. There were some things that were worse than being sprayed with poison.But I was not going to just sit there."They are coming! We have to do something!!"I looked around wildly for some means of protection. My friends did not understand the danger they were in. Maybe they had not read the signs. Maybe they did not take things as much to heart as I did.Well. Clearly.Colleen had already stated publicly that the nuns had no right to tell us how to behave in our own homes, even though they repeatedly told us otherwise. And A-N-N Ann (as she introduced herself) was not even a Catholic. She went to the Episcopal church, the discovery of which caused my first crisis of faith."What is Episcopal?" I asked my mother."Shh," she said. "It's another religion.""There's ANOTHER religion!!????!?!?!?!" I asked, as a whole new world of possibilities opened before me, to be instantly shut by my mother. "Not for us," she said. "When you are a Catholic, it's for life. "Trudy may or may not have been afraid of the sprayers, but her mother wanted her on the porch and on the porch she would stay. When the truck that the sprayers were mounted on lumbered into view, I dove for the lounger in the corner while the other three raced to the windows to watch.Lying with my face pressed into the plastic cover and my arms over my head, I tried not to breathe. Which is difficult when simultaneously screaming at the top of your lungs."Barb! You are missing it!" Colleen said. "It's really cool!"Little hands grasped my head, trying to turn me for a better view.I swatted wildly at my friends. They were courting death and I was not going down with them. "All the branches are waving around!" Colleen said as my screams picked up a few decibels to drown out the horrifying blare of the tree sprayers.At that point I blacked out.When I regained consciousness, the street was quiet. Small hands poked at me."Is she dead?" asked A-N-N Ann. "I think she's dead.""Naw. She's just a baby," said Colleen. "I think.""I would better go get my mom," Trudy finally decided. "Are you sure???" asked Colleen. It had to be really serious before we called our moms. But I was not moving.A few minutes later, I was fished off the lounger and pulled into Trudy's mom's lap."Go get her mother," she told my friends, wiping away my tears and trying to calm my hiccupping sobs. Eventually my mother showed up to bear me away to be put to bed in clean sheets. I would not let her open the front window, but allowed the side window, it being a whole ten feet further from the street and therefore much safer.When I woke up, my sister was sitting on my bed. "You've had quite a time!" she said. I smiled weakly. "Did you really sit on her lap?" This clearly was a far bigger deal than surviving a spraying.I nodded solemnly, gaining, perhaps, just a little respect in my sister's eyes.Thanks so much for reading! If you would like to sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter, you can do so here.

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