by Frode Øverli
— Psychologist Angstberg. In your new book, you launch a new method of dealing with panic and phobias!
— Indeed. It’s the “go for it” method.
— So… If you’re afraid of flying…
— Go flying in Mexico!
— Afraid of speaking in public…
— Become a politician!
— Afraid of mother-in-laws…
— So what you’re saying is that fear is best dealt with by facing it?
— Wait a little, Ola, and you will get supper before you go. The porridge will soon be ready.
— Oh, you shouldn’t bother, Per.
— All that fancy food they use these days. I can’t stand it – give me porridge every time.
— You are a champ at making porridge, boy.
— I don’t feel well, Per.
— Not me either – it’s like I am burning in my chest.
— No, that beats everything, too! I mixed up the plaster of Paris I had in here.
This article originally appeared in the January 10, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.