Me: "They've even done surveys about it. It's the #1 thing most people fear."
M: "Really? It's not my #1 fear. It's about 4th on my list."
Me: "What's your #1 then?"
M: "Being in a plane crash over the ocean."
Me: "Well, it's been about 3 years since you were anywhere near the ocean in a plane and we were pretty safe. Believe me, if there was any serious risk Mommy wouldn't have put you on the plane! What's #2?"
M: "Having my leg chewed off by a lion."
Me: "Not too many lions around here. And they're not real fond of how we taste. You know how I tell you not to eat dirt or boogers or other yucky stuff? Lion moms tell their kids not to eat humans. If you were a wildebeest or a zebra though, you'd have to worry. What's #3?"
M: "Going into outer space without an oxygen helmet."
Me: "That would be a problem. Are you planning on going into outer space anytime soon?"
M: "Mom! I'm a kid!"
Me: "Are you planning to go without the help of NASA?"
M: "They've got all the ships right now."
Me: "That takes care of that fear, then. Which leaves..."
M: "Talking in front of a group."
Me: "See? I told you it was #1!"