posted on Apr, 8 2006 @ 11:34 AM
That must have been a horrifying experience. No wonder you tried to burn the house down.
Have you spoken to your parents or siblings about it, now that you're older and your family no longer lives in the house? Quite often, when people
do this, they learn they were not the only member of the family to experience the same or similar occurrences, although they may have denied/dismissed
it at the time in order not to alarm you.
A couple of years ago, on the Fortean Times Forums, a middle-aged woman recounted that when she was a child, she saw 'imp' or 'goblin' type
creatures on top of the wardrobe in a room she shared with two of her sisters. At the time, although afraid, she said nothing to either her parents
or sisters (it's interesting that a large percentage of children, for reasons even they cannot afterwards understand, do not reveal their frightening
The woman left home when in her teens, moved away and married. She saw her sisters infrequently. When middle-aged, she travelled to her childhood
home in order to attend the funeral of her remaining parent. Afterwards, she and her two sisters chatted. Her younger sister, like herself, had left
home at an early age. But the oldest sister had remained her entire life in the family home with her parents, both of whom were now gone.
The woman (the middle sister) remembered the imps/goblins she'd seen as a child, and mentioned it to her sisters. She asked if they'd seen
anything similar in the room they'd shared as children. One of the sisters stated she remembered nothing at all like that and shortly afterwards
departed for home.
After the middle sister had left, the oldest sister --- who had always been so sensible and unimaginative --- revealed that she HAD seen the
imps/goblins on the top of the wardrobe. Her sister was stunned, because although the imps/goblins had always looked so real to her when she was a
child and had been so menacing, she'd always wondered if she'd imagined them or dreamt them. Throughout her life, she'd always wondered what it
was that she'd seen as a child.
Now, her staid older sister was telling her that *she'd* seen the creatures too. The older sister began clearing the table and as she carried the
tray to the kitchen, she said simply: ' Yes, I always saw them. I still do. They're still here'.
So, there we have three sisters who shared a room as children. One saw supposedly 'impossible' entities throughout childhood, but said nothing to
anyone, not even her sisters. When the sisters finally got around to discussing it when in late middle-age, one sister declared she'd never seen the
creatures and one claimed still to see them.
Some people are able to see other-dimenstional entities, it seems, whilst others are not. Those who do not usually have a difficult time accepting
the entities' existence, as a rule. Their scepticism and outright disbelief are perfectly understandable.
However, in many of the accounts I've read, it quite often occurs that more than one member of a family experiences paranormal occurrences, although
they may not ever reveal it, or may reveal it only under certain circumstances. For example, I've read on several occasions where a member of a
family has witnessed the 'ghost' of a recently deceased family member. Sometimes, the experience is so unsettling for the individual that he/she
will seek reassurance and advice from the family priest or vicar. I've read that it is not uncommon for several family members to relateto the
priest separately that they have seen the ghost, with each person swearing the priest to secrecy. Apparently, people who see ghosts are afraid it is
a 'sin' or 'a trick by the devil'. They are also afraid they will be deemed mentally unstable and/or are worried that the other grieving family
members will be devastated to learn that the recently deceased is not 'resting peacefully in death' but is instead roaming the earth and lonely. So
they beg the priest not to mention to other family members that they have seen the deceased's ghost.
To me, it would seem an act of kindness (not to mention enlightenment and comfort) for the priests to tell members of the family that by seeing or
hearing the ghost of their loved-one, they have NOT committed a sin; they were NOT tricked by the devil posing as their deceased loved-one and they
are NOT going mad because they saw their loved-one's ghost .... because their loved-one's ghost appeared not only to them, but to several members
of the family, i.e., the 'ghost' is real and has been trying to communicate with the family. But apparently, the clergy do not reveal this to
family members, all of whom keep their experience to themselves out of fear of all sorts of things. Pity.
Anyway, Perky_123, it might be worth your discussing your experience with your family now, because they may be able to throw some light on it. Other
than that, you might be able to learn some of the house's history by researching it at the local history section of the relevant library. And I've
heard of people returning to the family home in adulthood, in order to tactfully make enquiries of those who now live in it. You never know, you
might be able to help a child (and it's parents) who are going through the same experience now as you went through when you were a child.