Oh thank you for that old good one monsnoleedra...He Who Knows says not. There is an old saying my dad's father used to tell me which is similar, "He who knows the least talks the most." I have tried to abide by that, and as such, I am pretty close-mouthed. I try not to draw attention my way, but somehow people look, stare, and whisper. If for some reason I have to interact with someone, a teller at the bank, a co-worker, a cashier, I have found that I am met with nervous laughter and averted eyes. I freak people out, no question. The kids I work with love me, and that part of the thread responses I truly relate with as well.
For a long time I just thought it was my height that made people scared. I am exceptionally tall for a woman, and have always been tall. My son is the same and has a similar affect on people. At age 5 he reached 4'6'', much like myself. By the time I was 12, I was 5'10'', and still had another 3 inches before I stopped growing. About the first year of high school when other kids started catching up to me i realized that it was not just my size but the affect I had on people was attributed to something entirely different. The more I practiced, the more I learned and stronger my abilities became the stranger people acted around me. I have had some weird times at Texas Hold Em tournaments!
Now that I am older and have not only matured as a person (wife, mother, witch...all the roles that one fulfills as they age can pile up into a mountain), but have matured as a practitioner and witch, I have noticed the affect to be much more pronounced. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this but it seems to me that the weaker, or more closed, the mind of the person with whom I am interacting, the more likely they are to become mealy-mouthed and uncomfortable. The general sheeple of such organizations as the pentecostal or evangelical Christian churches that are so prevalent in my area are the ones to whom I am referring...they bristle at my presence. It seems like the bank tellers, etc. that I have to interact with are all of said religious bent also, making it uncomfortable (for them) when I decide to go out and run errands to say the least.
Thanks a lot for starting this thread ArcticWitch, I had wondered for a long time if I was the only one in the world who felt this way, or if it was some regional thing (Bible belt and all that). Knowing that so many others on similar paths have experienced this lets me know that is more universal, which is somehow comforting.