Originally posted by philosearcher
Interesting stories OP. I enjoyed reading them and I do have two instances of my own to share...
I don't know that this fits exactly with what you are explaining but this guy at my local gas station - he is always there. He always talks to me and kind of like, I don't know, checks up on me I guess. Always asks if I'm helping my mom and dad out. Same with my grandma. Tells me about his life lessons that he's learned over the years. It almost feels like he's an angel in disguise of a somewhat senile elderly fellow.
But this story does fit perfectly in the traveller category:
About two years ago I was at my aunts house in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Chestnut ridge to be exact and we were all getting ready to eat supper that particular Saturday evening. Well before we all sat down, I saw a young woman walk up the road at a relatively slow pace. No one else claims to have seen her but I caught a good look and she was wearing clothes period to the early 1800s. she never stopped, looked at us, or anything and I looked out a window where I had a great view up the road...she was gone. It was completely baffling.
Originally posted by ofNight
Most of us have had at least one interesting experience with a "traveler" -- or a person that seems eerily out of place. I call them "travelers" because they appear to have traveled from a completely different realm, plopped down into a landscape in a way that appears to be bizarre or mysterious.
An example of this took place on a family vacation to Lake Tahoe, Nevada nearly 2 years ago. As my family and I were in the car driving up an incredibly steep and desolate mountain in the late afternoon, we came across a man walking up the mountain with a massive wooden cross on his back that he seemed to be supporting with all his weight. This cross was at least 6 feet tall and 5 feet across.
What was odd about this experience is that we were in the rural mountains and there weren't any towns for another good 20 miles. This road had both an incredibly small bike lane and was ridiculously steep. It was getting dark by this time, and one could only wonder why he was carrying this cross and where he was going with it. He didn't seem to acknowledge any of the cars passing by, and seemed almost "in a trance", though it very well could have been attributed to exhaustion.
Another example was on a different occasion when I was on vacation and a young girl was sitting across from me as I was eating outside a deli. She stared at me, and I glimpsed back to show her that I knew she was staring. She didn't break her gaze, and just as I looked down to check my phone and looked up again, she was gone. I have no idea as to how she could have left that quickly considering we were in a plaza-like area that was open and well-lit.
The third instance I had, and possibly the most profound, happened recently, about 2 weeks ago. I entered a local cupcake shop before going to a meeting to get my teacher a cupcake (bribery -- it works). As I walked in the cupcake place, there was a squirrely looking woman who was behind the counter wearing an apron. She said hello and just seemed awkward the entire time. After ordering the cupcake she looked at me straight in the eye and said, "You have a gift, don't you?"
As I stumbled and agreed, she then said, "I knew you were gifted the second you walked in, I knew it." After a few moments of awkward stares, she began telling me about how she was once homeless, wrote a book, and began telling me how she wanted to kill herself for a long period of time. I was as comforting as I could possibly be, and she thanked me. As I left, she said, "You should come in sometime, maybe we'll see each other again."
This woman looked to be in her late 50's, skinny, frail, and gray haired. The next week I went in at the exact same time and she wasn't there. I'd never seen her before, and haven't seen her since. She was quite peculiar to say the least, and that is an experience that to this day I'll never completely understand.
Some call these people that enter our lives for brief seconds in mysterious circumstances "angels". Some believe they're higher dimensional beings or spirits, the result of wormholes, or, if you're a skeptic, bizarre experiences with strangers that are very much human.
Either way, they make for some interesting stories. Has anyone experienced something similar?
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Originally posted by ofNight
The third instance I had, and possibly the most profound, happened recently, about 2 weeks ago. I entered a local cupcake shop before going to a meeting to get my teacher a cupcake
Originally posted by Talltexxxan
Just the other night I went to a dacquri store (lots of them here in New Orleans)
Originally posted by NoLoveInFear46and2
Well I had a similar experience, I had just finished my night shift and was waiting for the bus at the station.
As I was sitting there listening to music, and old man entered the bus station to give me a panflet and left.
I opened the panflet and started reading the first paragraph which, obviously, spoke of god and the bible.
But just underneath that paragraph was two or three sentences questioning what was written above, now I'm used to seeing these kind of religious panflets, but none that actually questionned religion.
I found it rather odd so I looked up to see this man and he had disapeared, and I knew that from where I was, he could not have walked away out of sight even if he ran like hell ( which would've been ridiculous given his age and shape) .
So I kept on reading a bit and it got very scientific and all. I just couldn't really understand from that point on so I just threw it in the garbage. I wish I hadn't it was the most bizarre thing.
Well that's my story, a creepy old man giving me a brochure on questionning religion and it was pretty cool.
Peace and cool thread!
I would fail, that's for sure. In this day and age I am not stopping to talk to any strange men or opening my door for any no way, no how, and especially not if they look like they are not "all there.". I hope God would understand after Ted Bundy luring women by pretending to be in distress. I've helped strangers before but really carefully.
Originally posted by CrashUnderride
Very interesting stuff here. I must admit though, when coming up on the guy with the cross, I would've felt the need to get out and off to help him carry it. Who knows, God could have been giving a test. If so, wonder how many failed it?