posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 01:32 AM
In my experience, those who've seen these creatures remember the event for the rest of their lives. Due to their experience, they see life
Those with no experience of the creatures regard them as fiction, as ridiculous. I don't blame them a bit. Even when you have seen them, you
question your memory of the experience and still find it difficult to accept, just as you might find it difficult to accept the testimony of others
who claim to have seen them.
Most cruel of all is when children see them. Often the children are terrified and develop fear of the dark, exaggerated-startle reflex, etc.
Some children tell their parents about the creatures, only to be patted on the head fondly and assured by their parents that the creatures do not
exist -- they're only imaginary or caused by eating too much or getting too excited before going to bed.
Worse, the parents are now of the opinion the child is 'over-imaginative', so if the child reports other unusual and frightening experiences, the
parents dismiss them immediately and may even scold the child for 'telling lies' and are threatened with loss of privileges or advised their nose
will grow very long.
Children do see them however. So do the sight-impaired. In fact, there's a name for it, the Charles Bonnet syndrome.
So, in addition to those of all ages in between, we have the young and sight-impaired (generally but not always older generations) seeing creatures
that the rest of society does not believe in.
As result, children and the sight impaired are highly reluctant to reveal their experience of these small creatures (and there are a variety of
These unfortunate children and already disadvantaged sight-impaired are forced to deal alone with what are sometimes repeated exposure to the
little-people, which in turn appear to be well aware that they're free to terrorise these disbelieved segments of society.
Of course, many 20, 30, 40 and 50-somethings have experience of the little people too, and again, they keep silent about it for fear of being regarded
as mentally unsound -- for fear of being called 'crazy' by their families, friends, communities -- and for fear they might lose their jobs, etc.
Here's a brief example, which was posted a few years ago in another forum which was devoted to the paranormal.
A woman in her 60s -- a regular and well-regarded poster in the forum in question -- revealed that as a child in Wales, she'd shared a bedroom with
two of her sisters. Throughout her childhood, she'd seen what she described as a gnome type creature on top of a heavy wardrobe in the bedroom she
shared with her sisters. She was of the opinion the creature chose to show only its head. It scared her of course. As a child, she'd see it and
then look to see if her sisters had noticed it also, but they never revealed any awareness of the creature. She said nothing about the creature to
either her parents or sisters.
The sisters grew up, moved on in life and saw each other rarely.
Their mother had already died. The next time the sisters saw each other was at their father's funeral.
After the funeral, the sisters spent several hours chatting and catching up.
The woman telling the story said she finally decided to use this opportunity to broach the issue of the creature she'd seen on top of the wardrobe
all those years ago.
One sister said no, she'd never seen any creature, and soon after departed in order to catch her train home.
The eldest sister had never married and had lived her entire life in the house, caring for her parents as they aged. Now that both parents were gone,
she would continue to live on alone in the house.
She turned to the other sister (the one who had seen the creature on the wardrobe) and said (much to the other's surprise), ' Yes. I saw the
creature on the wardrobe too, when we were children, but I didn't know you had, so I said nothing. Didn't want to frighten you.' words to that
Then, as the younger sister (the one writing the post) was about to depart, the elder sister said, ' I saw them too. You weren't imagining it.
And I'll tell you something else --- it's still here. It never left '.
So, the younger sister revealed this online in a forum when she was in her 60s. She said the memory of the creature had never faded. And never, in
all the years since, she had never believed it to be imaginary. She knew she'd seen it.
She'd finally summoned up courage to talk about it online, she said, due to the numbers of people her own age who'd revealed in the forum that
difficult though it would be for others to believe, they had seen one of these 'little people' creatures. Many said they had never told a living
soul and were only brave enough to discuss it anonymously online. Many said it was very reassuring to know they weren't alone with the experience,
which had troubled them lifelong.
The forum had approx. 60 members who posted on regular (daily) basis, with several hundred more who posted on average one a month, approx.. Members
hailed from all over the world and at least half were aged 40 plus years with perhaps half of those being aged in the 55 to 65 year old age-group.
Paranormal forums tend to draw older members who want to leave some sort of record of their paranormal experience for posterity .. things they've
often decided not to tell even their spouse or children.
So, if we guesstimate that one in 500 or perhaps one in a 1,000 has some form of experience with little-people (of whatever variety), then it's still
a sizeable percentage of the world's population. Far less well-known than ghosts, perhaps, but not as rare or unusual as some might believe.
In closing, it might interest some to learn that many indigenous peoples regarded little-people as a fact of life: the American Indians for example,
who taught their children to never communicate with the creatures, and who believed it essential to leave 'presents' for the little people, or their
crops would be destroyed and/or some of their children 'taken' by the creatures.