A Proverb For the Initiated

The wet is not afraid of the rain.

Local Oral Tradition

This is a proverb for those who have “been there, done that, got the T-shirt,” although in reference mainly to difficult things. For example, are you volunteering in the church toddler class after successfully surviving the raising of your own offspring? Yet others are bidding you beware? This proverb might come in handy. Gird up your loins, grab the diapers, the storybook Bible, and the animal crackers. The wet is not afraid of the rain.

A Proverb On Trauma

The one bitten by a snake is afraid of a black and white string.

Regional Oral Tradition

Fear is a slippery thing. Harmless situations can trigger overpowering responses of fear and anxiety if the mind and body connect them to past experiences. This proverb gets at the background of one who seems unnecessarily afraid of something. In the Middle East and Central Asia, nearly everyone is carrying around some kind of deep pain and trauma. Suspicion, fear, and anxiety then are to be expected.