The Monkey in
is not a psychology term as in “I think you need to face your inner monkey in
the closet. And it isn’t a summer replacement show in the NBC lineup, with the
smart-alec neighbor monkey with a catch-phrase. It seems to be an elusive part
of American folk lore/culture.
my family’s lore is the story of the monkey in the closet. My mother has said
my aunts and uncles tell about seeing a monkey in the bedroom closet at my
grandparent’s house when they were growing up. According to the kids, this
particular bedroom had a closet with a door that did not fully close. At night,
they swear they would see a monkey in the closet. Even some of the older kids
claimed to have seen the monkey.
So I am
watching Family Guy and the middle kid Chris has a character named “Evil Monkey
that lives in the closet”. The monkey menaces Chris with an angry teeth
gritting point wordlessly telling Chris, “I am going to get you”. I thought,
“That’s odd. There is an evil monkey in our family too”.
I talked to a guy at work who also was afraid that an evil monkey would get him
when he was a kid. Now wait a minute. How can this be? I had a very vivid
imagination as a kid and I never saw an evil monkey in
the closet. Although
I was kind of freaked out by those cymbal playing mechanical
monkeys. Those are just plain freaky, maybe they are too close to clowns, which
terrify me. So I am thinking, is this one of those shared memory deals? I
think this is worth exploring. Seriously. If I get any kind of response
generated from this, I will post a whole new evil monkey page.
your stories, comments, experiences to
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them to the evil monkey page.