Miedo’s fears develop from a traumatic change in his environment. It is a prime example of how the environment can have a profound effect on a child’s personality and whole being. A child’s personality can be disrupted by changes as fundamental as a simple cause & effect relationship to dysfunctional additive relationships.
In Miedo’s case, he metamorphosed into a different person. He transforms from being a happy, contented child whose whole world is entranced by the wonders of nature and all its glory, and the healthy relationships he has with his grandparents, dad, and two sisters to become a child filled with fears of the unknown in a cold, natureless home with dysfunctional relationships.
Miedo’s fears are brought about by the change in his environment, and changes in his family situation. Having a hearing loss, and not being able to speak properly only add to his problems. He gets beaten for being ignorant when he doesn’t hear. His fears manifest themselves in the guise of paranormal events and go completely unnoticed, despite his constant bedwetting.
Each time Miedo runs away and returns to his grandparents, he transforms back again. Fears are all forgotten, he doesn’t wet the bed, and there are no supernatural experiences. For the short duration of his stays life is bliss once more. The same is true when the family goes on holiday with his grandparents, or when he is in the park. Miedo again transforms back to the child he was.
It is my belief that the reader’s interpretation of Miedo’s vast paranormal experiences will determine whether they are real, or the manifestations of a childhood psychosis which developed through the changes of his environment and dysfunctional family relationships.
Samples from Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear:
Miedo lies there, hiding under the covers, quaking in fear. The scent of stale urine on the covers doesn’t bother him. He sometimes even lies on a wet urinated sheet and tucks the covers underneath him on each side as much as he can to stay dry.
He just wants them to go. He knows they are there, he has seen their silhouettes at the foot of his bed, three of them, as they leer at him. He stays like this until daylight comes. He dares not to breathe. He dares not to come out. There is nothing he can do except stay as motionless as possible.
He keeps the covers wrapped tightly around him until he has to lift them a little, just to breathe. Then he pulls them down tight again. And so it goes, until exhaustion takes him. This isn’t the first time that Miedo has spent his nights like this; nor will it be his last. It is simply one of many such nights.
Flamborough is a haven for Miedo. He finds peace here. No demons reach him here. They have no power. Fear doesn’t exist here. He begins to stand at the edge of the cliff and stares towards the horizon. He feels at one with the wind, the sea, the cliffs, the rocks, the waves, and the cries of the seagulls.
More and more he stands at the edge of the cliff. Sometimes he sits with his feet over the edge and watches the sea come in or go out. He watches the seagulls as they fly around, dive to the surface of the sea and swing back upwards over and over. He listens to their cries as the spring or summer breeze wrap gently around him. He tries to distinguish where the sea ends and the sky begins. He belongs here and never wants to leave. Miedo lives and breathes Flamborough.
Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear is a memoir written as a British Drama set in the historical city of hull during the mid-1960s-1980s. This is the true story of a boy who after losing his mother at a very young age, begins to experience a plethora of paranormal incidents brought about through the circumstances of living within a dysfunctional family, resulting in a childhood filled with fear.