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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Relating to The Mist by Stephen King

When I was pregnant with my third child one of our neighbors had a large dog that always barked and growled at us. When the teenager, who was in middle school at the time, would walk home from school the dog would run after her or bark loudly and threateningly.

When I would leave the house with my son, who was the youngest at the time, the dog would bound over from wherever he was and bark and growl at us. Before I left the house I would always peek out of the window, try to sneak out the door and rush to jump into the car. I finally convinced my husband to go next door and talk to the neighbors, but he wouldn’t go unless I went with him. While we were standing at the end of the neighbor’s driveway, the dog (who the neighbor said never growls or jumps on anyone) took a running leap and lunged at us. Luckily the neighbor was fast and he grabbed the dog’s collar and yanked him back.

My husband was about to turn and run and leave his pregnant wife (me!) standing there. But before he could get away, I grabbed his arm and firmly pushed him in front of me. As I thought about this incident later, I was stunned to realize that there may be a dangerous situation where my husband’s protective nature would falter and my survival instincts would kick in. Either way; it seemed like we both would sacrifice the other to save ourselves.

Scary thought, huh? I guess that situation revealed our true natures.

That’s what I thought of when I saw the trailer for The Mist by Stephen King, which is releasing today, November 21st. It tells the story of a father and son who are trapped in a store – along with a large group of townspeople – by a strange mist. The father doesn’t know what scares him more, the mist or the people inside the store who change in the face of fear and panic.

I wouldn't miss The Mist for the world. I can't wait to see how the father and son survive this scary situation.

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