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I used to believe that clowns were not people dressed up in costumes but were a separate race or species that always looked like that and married other clowns and had baby clowns and whole clown families.
I used to believe that clowns and teachers weren't really people. I didn't think they had homes. I didn't think they ate dinner. I didn't think they went to the bathroom.
After watching Stephen King's "It" when I was about 12, I used to cover up our air vents and plug the tub drain whenever I was in the bathroom. I was so afraid that the clown would come and get me.
I thought that clowns were born that way, with the funny hair and make-up. It was just like any other birth defect a child can imagine. I assumed that they worked in the circus because that was the only place they could get work. For a long time I didn't want children, just in case they were born clowns. To this day I find clowns kind of creepy.
When I was little I saw the movie IT. I wouldn't go to the bathroom, or take a shower alone because I thought a clown would come through the water and eat me. Since then I've been afraid of clowns.