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The 1 2 3 Lady revisited

Back in the late summer of 2013, I wrote about a friend's account that her daughter was seeing someone who their family described as the '1 2 3 lady,' a horrible old hag of a woman who come to their 5-year-old daughter's window late at night , tapping to be let in, and whispering "1 .... 2.....3" while she does..

The story generated some interest, and I received some emails from readers saying that they thought this could be a reference to the 'old hag' of paranormal lore.

Someone must have been reading this because I received an email today concerning the 1 2 3 Lady description I offered. They sent me a link to this article which documents some beliefs that Mark Twain had concerning the paranormal, and in this case, witches. The article says, in part, 
Witches also have a counting instinct which forces them to count all that they see. So a witch-riding can be avoided by leaving items in her path - a sieve, she will be forced to count all the holes; a broom, she will count all the straws. Some people scatter mustard seeds or sand throughout the house. The witch is caught before she has time to count each grain.
It was my reader's conclusion that my friend didn't see an old hag, but instead a witch.

But before we get those fires burning again like in Salem, consider a few  things.
Since the article was written, I followed up with my friend. Her daughter was told to specifically tell the 1 2 3 Lady that she would not be permitted into the house. According to my friend, that happened--and the witch, hag, or whatever has not returned since early September.

Either a child's imagination led the entire thing to be made up--fiction in a young person's mind that turns into a scary reality.. Or there was a hag. Or witch. Or lady, tapping silently on that night time window whispering a count of 1, 2, 3..

I reserve judgement now just as I did then. 
Kids' impressions of reality are often different from the realm of adulthood--but sometimes adults stop believing in things they once did as children. There's a borderline where reality meets the paranormal.. and the small thin line is constantly moving.

Was the 1 2 3 Lady real?  We will never know.
But to one child, frightened in her bed at night, it was very real--and subsequently to her parents it became real as well, since they had to deal with the nightmare that ensued from it.

And in the end, while most parents tell their children earnestly, "there are no monsters under your bed," they won't be caught looking under their own..




New Year's Eve.. Rockin' without Dick Clark in '13

Welcome to the final minutes of the year 2012. Yes. Already. It was so looked forward to, and it is ending so quickly...

It's minus Dick Clark this year, though. And that is notable. Fergie is showering ABC viewers tonight in the pre-game with Dick Clark related footage. Donna Summers is playing while the Doors are swaying. Yes, it's a stroll down amnesia lane in the fast lane. Dick Clarkless 2013. No countdown with the master of Times Square this year.

The show goes on, of course. With Ryan Seacrest to help. Before Seacrest will be 'out' there will be a number of events that occur. A massive ball will drop in Times Square. Revelers will kiss their hearts out.. then race for port-a-potties and their hotel rooms. Maybe stop by a pub and have a cup of cheer..

All around the world, the events are taking place. Some places on Earth are already 2013. The Pope will have a homily about how peace could be achieved. Fireworks will fly high into the night sky.. People will embrace …

Neve Campbell laments her post-SCREAM life: I was constantly being offered horror films, because I was known for horror films, or bad romantic comedies

Neve Campbell Confirms Her 'Scream' Notoriety Inspired Her Decision to Leave Hollywood »

“I needed a minute. In my 20s, it all hit so fast and so big that it was a little overwhelming,” Campbell shared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “Wonderful, obviously, and I’m very grateful for it, but it got to a level, also, where the kinds of things that I was being offered were not the things I wanted to do. I was constantly being offered horror films, because I was known for horror films, or bad romantic comedies.”

And this week she will be jumping out of building with the Rock in theaters ..

All 'scream queens' have gone through a period of confusion, denial.. acceptance. And now for Jamie Lee Curtis 40 years after her introduction to movies via being chased by killer Michael Myers, she is back for a final round.. 
Just as Campbell came home for the final SCREAM..