Vineyard Elementary school in 1988 had an epidemic: little girls were making messes in their pants – on the playground, in the cafeteria, during class. This was becoming a huge problem. What kind of phenomenon could be causing all of these bladder mishaps?
Are you familiar with Mary and her bloody bloody game?
I wasn’t really either. At least not back then at 5 years old. Here is what I did know: every day when we’d go into the bathroom there would be a large group of older girls in there. They would instruct us to scream and run away. I never understood why I was supposed to scream but I would usually half heartedly do so, with the other little girls in the bathroom. They would yell things like, “Bloody Mary, Blu-de-y Mare-y.” I think sometimes they would even turn the lights off in the bathroom and try to spin you in circles.
I don’t remember ever peeing my pants or even really being afraid (just confused!) but evidently a large number of girls were so terrified they would avoid the bathroom at all costs. Thus the large amounts of yellow body fluid found frequently throughout the school.
As I got older this seemed to be a continuing bathroom theme for elementary school, even after changing schools multiple times. I never tried to summon Mary but it was well into my adult life before I could look in a mirror in the dark without feeling the creeps.
Did anyone else ever go through a Blood Mary phase?