Everyone is afraid of something some of the time, and sometimes it's good to be a little afraid of certain things. So much for generalizations; this is mostly just a list of the predictable things that ""I"" am afraid of (monsters in the night, upstairs at the country house); the more peculiar fears of others (""My sister Peggy is afraid of cows, . . . the man next door is afraid of cats, . . . and dog Murphy is afraid of thunder""); and some things that should put anyone on guard (traffic, tornados, wild animals). It sounds dull, but with Susan Perl on hand it isn't. You can't look at all those huge-eyed toddlers huddled during an electric storm, or the quaking neighbor shooing off those harmless-looking cats with an umbrella, or the grandmother collapsing in the face of an airplane ride, without appreciating their terrors--and Showers' points.