Whoa, finally an opportunity to share my stories! I love the stories where the items come back. It makes me hopeful that something looks out for us,
instead of other creepy alternatives.
Now, admittedly, I do go through times of "domestic blindness" just like anyone else as well, but these two situation don't seem to fit and have made
me extremely curious for a long time about what I used to describe as "reality lapses", but I like the "Matrix glitch" term better.
The mild one, for which I have no witnesses, happened when I was still in high school. I used to go snowboarding with a school group, and one day
after snowboarding for hours, I decided to go to the lodge/cafeteria and just relax on my own. It was always really hard to find a clear table there,
and so I was really happy to find one that not only no one was occupying, but was also clean! There was nothing on that table, not even a crumb. It
was also close to the windows, away from the traffic of other skiers and boarders. The tables were pretty wide, too, so I can't imagine someone
reaching me from one side of the table without stumbling over chairs or making themselves known, as my back was to the window. At any rate, sit myself
down, put my helmet beside me, put my goggles in front of me, and put my head down on my arms. I relax for maybe 3 minutes, casually scrolling through
my phone without lifting my head. When I lift my head, I think maybe I want to go get a snack, so I reach to gather up my stuff, but the goggles in
front of me weren't mine! I tried to consider how on earth I ever managed to get someone else's goggles, wondering if maybe I'd had them the whole
time or swapped them at school, etc., and at first it seemed possible, but it was weirder than that, because when I stood up, my own goggles fell from
my lap. I have no idea how there ended up being two pairs of goggles. I have no idea how mine were ever in my lap when I took them directly from my
head and placed them on the table. But, there you go.
And the other is a churchwide mystery states away from me now. This one was weirder because it happened to so many people, so whereas I really might
have just done something extraordinarily dumb and forgotten some sort of seemingly obvious action in the first story which I simply can't recover in
my memory, this one my sister and father still hold to this day, and I'm sure other members of that church might still remember, too. In 2009, a
pastor was scheduled to leave our church. I knew because my dad was part of the board, but it wasn't disclosed information yet. Further, some sort of
vote had to be taken to determine who would substitute as the Senior Pastor in his place before securing someone to hold the position permanently.
Sunday rolled around, and in my experience, my father's, and sister's, as well as some others who were very confused the next week, the Assistant
Pastor disclosed the information that the pastor would be leaving and who the new one would be. But the following Sunday, we had the same
announcement! At first I, like my sister and apparently some others, thought maybe it was simply being repeated for the sake of church members who
hadn't attended the previous Sunday. But what shocked us was that the vote hadn't been held determining the substitute pastor until Monday, meaning
that the first Sunday where we had "heard the announcement", there would have been nothing to announce regarding the vote because it wouldn't even be
held until the following day. It was a pretty huge deja vu moment at least. That, or it really did occur and the Assistant Pastor had rigged the vote
and somehow managed to pass it off onto everyone that we'd experienced a weird deja vu experience! But my father, being on the board and even having
experienced the sense of repetition with us, had to concede that the vote had occurred on that Monday, because he had participated. He also said it
was very strange that DURING the vote, it was like he didn't even recall that the announcement had happened the day before. Also, it's something to
note that my mother didn't experience it, and recalled a church service in which there had been no announcement AT ALL prior to the sermon... That's a
very notable difference! There might be an explanation, or maybe not, but the mystery has never ceased to amaze me.
Also, it should be noted that none of us smoke weed, either. Haha