Monday, February 16, 2009

Twin Speak...Phobias!

Frankie: I don't know if you could call this a phobia, but, technically, I don't really like to eat anything red?

The reason why I don't think it's a phobia is because I actually eat Tomatoes and capsicums (Bell Peppers). But according to my fellow work mates, I indeed have a phobia, even if I indulge in the occasional orangey red tomato.

Most of my 'red' phobia relates to fruits and lollies, and any artificially coloured foods for that matter. And this is who the conversation came up at work. We had a little party at work and there were lollies and fruit platters and a bowl of red strawberry punch. My worst nightmare.

Anyway, one of my work mates got me a drink and handed me the dreaded punch. I recoiled in shock that I nearly touched the cup with the red drink in it and that actually had some punch spilled down the side. Of course, it was hard for me to explain this weird behaviour.

I tired to brush it off with the explanation that I did not like strawberries but of course everyone thought it still weird that I really didn't want to touch the cup with strawberry punch running down the side. Of course, everyone thought that my little 'phobia' was quiet hilarious. So everyone started waving red strawberries in my face and one person even rubbed a strawberry down my arm...yuck!!

Yes, maybe I am weired but is taunting really necessary. Can a person not live with their weirdness without being made fun of.

Everyone starting bombarding me with questions as to why I hate red, why I can't eat it, when I have last tried etc. So I tried to explain that I really didn't know?? Does everyone who has phobia know why they have it??? Does a person afraid of 'peanut butter getting stuck on the roof of their mouth', know why they hate this sensation. And yes, this is a real phobia. Not one of mine, but real nonetheless.

So does anyone else have a weird tendency and if so, do you know why?? Or am I the only person that can't really explain my aversion to most red foods???


jiggins said...

I wouldn't call it a phobia.. but i don't like tomato products of any sort. I eat tomatoes themselves.. but not ketchup, or any kind of red sauce.. it just doesn't like me, and me it. I have pizza's without red-sauce and I am all too happy with mustard or bbq sauce as a condiment. No ketchup please!