Yesha Callahan

Feather Phobia

This morning I walked into my son’s bedroom and all I could see was FEATHERS.
Immediately I felt shivers going up and down my spine, I could actually feel beads of sweat forming on my forehead. Basically it was the beginnings of a panic attack.
Here’s a little factoid. I have a severe phobia when it comes to bird feathers. Yes, I said it. Bird. Feathers. I’ve been this way since I was a kid. I remember my sister chasing after me with dirty pigeon feathers and so began my issue.
I didn’t even realize my son had feather pillows in his bedroom. I know I wasn’t the one to purchase them, so I’m assuming my sister did. In any event, I had to back out of the room immediately this morning. I yelled at the top of my lungs at about 7am, for my son to come upstairs to explain the mess.
“Mommy, we were having a pillow fight”, he says.
Great, a pillow fight, with pillows that happen to have REAL feathers. I always thought pillows only broke on television, I guess I’ve been proved wrong. So currently, my son and his cousin will spend most of the morning I’m sure picking feathers of the floor and bed. I don’t want to see one loose feather floating around my house.

Maybe one day I’ll discuss my fear of cottonballs.


  1. July 3, 2008 - Reply

    OMG!!! I partially understand your phobia as I am terrified of birds in general. I know they are a necessary part of the ecosystem, but I find MOST of them to be disgusting and annoying, and just plain creepy!!

    And my parents have feather pillows. I always hated them because the ends of the feathers would poke thru the case and scratch up my face. UGH!

  2. July 3, 2008 - Reply

    At first I thought you were kidding, then when I realized that you were serious I was like oh my goodness!! I think birds are beautiful and while I absolutely despise pidgeons because they are such a filthy little scavenger most others (like tropical birds) I find to be very pretty. I happen to have two cockatiels named Chirp and Tobi(was TOBY til she laid an egg…*sigh*)
    Anyways like Shy said, I do hate featherbeds and feather pillows because the feathers poke through and they eventually work their way out and being a nuisance to clean up or they end up scratching you.

    Oh yeah I have a blogger identity but I hadnt really used it for the past couple of years, however things change and I have made quite a few friends on blogger and now that many of my 360 friends (such as yourself) are now over here I think that I will start back using blogging over here. I said all of that to say my blogger name is mstee so remember Ohsoluvlee=Mstee mkay?

    You’re probably like, “I so dont care”…lol.

  3. July 4, 2008 - Reply

    I love Fruit and oranges but I don’t like Sticky Fruit! It’s the Sticky, UGGGH! I dig where you at though. Also Clowns! I am not afriad of them but I don’t like em. They’re evil! LOL

  4. July 4, 2008 - Reply

    SHY: I’m ok w/birds actually, just don’t let one of their feathers fall off near

    ohsoluvlee: A few years back someone gave me down comforter as a birthday gift, not knowing my ‘issue’, after I told them all they could do was laugh at me.

    achoiceofweapons: No clowns for me either…after seeing that Stephen King movie, “IT”, I was done.

    No clowns, or porcelin dolls.

  5. July 5, 2008 - Reply


    Well, that wraps up any discussion of you wearing a Pocahontas costume for Halloween or dressing in Vegas girl peacock headfeathers…


  6. July 5, 2008 - Reply

    now thats a new opne feather phobia,

    or should i say pennaphobic (Latin for feather)just made it up
    i bet you son had fun lol

  7. July 5, 2008 - Reply

    The things we don’t forget as adults! Your sister scared you for life…

  8. July 5, 2008 - Reply

    My baby sister is the same way about buttons. We used to laugh about it. but it’s serious.

    I hate clowns and anyone that is in those fake mascot suits. Creeps me out totally.

  9. July 6, 2008 - Reply

    KIT: yes, I’ll have to pass on the feather costumes….lol

    T.S: Pennephobia… might be on to something with that one…b/c I’m not scared of birds..just the

    Yashieka: Yeah, she has her own phobias as well, that I’m to blame

    Professor Tracey: Buttons? Wow, how does she survive with clothing?

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