I'm looking for other members who may have a similar story as to what I'm about to tell.
In the mid 70's my mother would drive me to my grandparents farm near Steinbach, Manitoba to stay for a few weeks. They were devout protestant
Christians who came from the Mennonite immigration after the first world war. It was actually my great great grandfather who led the first Mennonites
to settle in Steinbach after convincing the czar of Russia to let them leave. He then went on to build his church and became the pastor for the
community and the rest is history.
Moving forward. It was 1976 and I was five years old. There was an incident on the farm I can never forget in which I heavily contribute my
fascination to the UFO phenomena. When I stayed there, I would sleep in my grandfather's bed and my grandmother would sleep in my aunt's room. My
aunt is only 2 years older than me so we were quite close and our relationship was more like brother and sister. Anyway, It was one particular night
while I was sleeping, I heard what I can only describe as a loud pop. Something similar to the sound of popping your finger in your mouth. I was on my
right side, on the right side of the bed, and I was wide awake. I turned my head to my left where my grandfather lay snoring, and looked at the
_ Something was there staring at me.
I could only describe it as a skeleton head. I could only relate to what it was from pictures and cutouts in preschool from Halloween. It had large
black eye sockets, thin neck, and a head disproportional to it's neck. I thought it was a skeleton. I asked "what is that in the window grandpa?"
and he replied, "you're dreaming" and it was gone.
The following morning when we gathered for breakfast I brought it up and told the family what I had saw in the _ My aunt suddenly said "I saw
it too!" and corroborated my experience while my grandparent's dismissed this as just a prank from neighbors. The only problem with that is, well,
there are no neighbors. This was a farm surrounded by a sea of fields. The closest house is probably about 2-miles away.
If this isn't strange enough, well this it what makes it even more so. The skeleton head was wearing a top hat. One of those stove top hats. For
years I kept this little fact to myself because it's the only thing that discredits my experience.
Moving forward about about 25 years. I told this story to my girlfriend at the time and she replied with a story of her own. When her brother was 5,
he saw a top hat in his window too.
. Ok, could be nothing, could be an overactive imagination on his part but nonetheless, still something to
Moving forward another 10 years. I tell my story to a friend. He replies with his own experience with something wearing a hat. Except it's a red
baseball cap. He's awoken with some alien being sitting beside him in his bed. A semi-formed humanoid face with undeveloped ears and donning a red
baseball cap. They have a brief conversation and it disappears. He explained his story as sleep paralysis but again, something to ponder.
So, in conclusion, has anyone else had this type of experience? If so, what is the connection with the hats? Something to make you question your own
experience? Something to let others know your experience is the same as theirs in corroboration? While I admit what I saw isn't as clear today as it
was many years ago, I can say with certainty my facts of those events have not wavered.