Children can say the funniest things. But they also have the potential to be insanely terrifying (a fact that countless horror films can attest to).
Parents were asked in AskReddit threads, about times their child has done or said anything to indicate that they were remembering a past life. This is apparently a fairly common phenomenon observed in children under 5. And the results of the threads are definitely really quite disturbing,
Users shared things their children had said or done, or things they were told happened in their own childhood. But all the posts are likely to seriously freak you out…
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“I’M SORRY I LEFT YOU BEFORE, MUMMY. I WAS HURTING REALLY BAD”
“My friend had a miscarriage before she had her first daughter. A few years ago, when her daughter was about 4, a group of us were at a party. Her daughter was sitting on her lap and said something along the lines of ‘I’m sorry I left you before, mummy. I was hurting really bad and I wasn’t ready.’
My friend asked her was she meant, and her daughter said she left her before she was born but came back. Super creepy. Daughter doesn’t remember this conversation and still doesn’t know about the miscarriage.” –workbidness
“NOW THEY WILL BE GONE FOR 1,000 DAYS.”
“I am raised Roman Catholic. My son is raised Roman Catholic. But I was dating this Muslim guy who would play prayers constantly (that were on YouTube). This particular day, my boyfriend was playing a prayer that’s supposed to protect you from jinn.
My 3-year-old son looked up from his colouring book and said clear as day ‘Now they will be gone for 1,000 days.’
My boyfriend looked him dead in the eye and was like, ‘How do you know that?’. Then. my son smiled, shrugged, and continued to colour. I don’t know if this is true, but my boyfriend explained that if you recited that specific prayer it was supposed to banish evil spirits for 1,000 days. To this day, I still get chills when I think about it.” –foufinha
“MY GRANDKIDS. THEY NEVER VISIT ANYMORE.”
Apparently we were driving in the car and I was chattering away like kids do, we were at a stop light and all of a sudden, I stopped talking, squinted, and looked out the window. In a shaky voice, I said “why don’t they ever come visit me?”
My mother said it didn’t sound like my voice, or a kid’s for that matter. She asked who doesn’t visit?
“My grandkids. They never visit anymore.”
Apparently it freaked my mom out. She tried to ask me later that night and a few times after what I was talking about but I had no recollection of saying it all and still don’t. – Smabwgi
“THAT’S HOW I DIED ISN’T IT?….THE CAR HIT ME, MY OTHER MUMMY CRIED, THEN I CAME TO YOU.”
“He was 3 and pretending to run over his Lego men. When asked to stop, he said, ‘That’s how I died isn’t it?’ ‘No, you’ve never died.’ ‘Yes, I have! When I was 2 last time. The car hit me, my other mummy cried, then I came to you.’ He’s a teen now, doesn’t remember a thing about it.” –Nodgenodgewinkwink
“MY 3-YEAR OLD SAID, ‘I WAS YOUR MUM IN HEAVEN.’”
“My 3-year-old said, ‘I was your mum in heaven.’ Multiple times. When I was six weeks pregnant with her, my mum died unexpectedly the day she found out the secret that I was pregnant at 40 with what would be her last and 21st grandchild. We were going to surprise her on her 75th birthday, two weeks later, but a niece let the secret out.
When my girl was 4, we were looking through pictures boxes. I have no family pictures posted in my house. Later that night, I realised my girl took three pictures of my mum and put then in her room. She’s never seen pictures of my mum before. I asked her why she took those pictures and she said, ‘Because I’m pretty.'” –capnvontrappswhistle
“THAT’S WHERE I DIED”
“My family took everyone on a trip to see their old neighbourhood. They drove by a house where, about 15 years earlier, a little girl was hit by a car and died. My cousin – who was about 4 at the time, never had been in the neighbourhood, and never heard this tragic story – stopped what she was doing and said, ‘Oh, that’s where I died, isn’t it?’ She then resumed playing with her dolls (or whatever it was she was doing).” –westsideHK
“HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS ONCE KIDNAPPED.”
“First, when my son was 3, he told me that he was once kidnapped and the police accidentally shot and killed him when they were trying to rescue him. When he turned 5, he told me he had never made it this far.
Also when he was 5, we drove past my grandparents’ old house (they have been gone 16 and 18 years now). He told me, ‘I used to play in that house with Pappy (my dad) when I was little, except the house used to be white.’
The house did indeed used to be white, and it had been painted an ugly grey. My dad also had nine siblings, three of which died in infancy.” –4theloveoffiber
“SHE IS SURE THAT MY SON IS HER GUARDIAN ANGEL”
My son was three at the time. We were at a ceramics place and I was taking a wheel throwing lesson when he said to this lady “I saw you in the fire. Did it hurt when you got burned? I was there but I couldn’t help you.”
The lady turned white as a sheet and explained to me that when she was a young girl, her house caught fire and she was badly burned. She told me that used to tell her family that she followed a little boy, she’d never seen, out of her room and then out of the burning house.
She is sure that my son is her guardian angel, and that he was sent to tell her this as an older lady to make sure always remembers. – Qlinkenstein
“I’VE BEEN HERE. I USED TO SIT IN THIS CHAIR AND KNIT.”
“My 3-year-old niece, in a hotel near her home, said ‘I’ve been here. I used to sit in this chair and knit.’ Wouldn’t say anything else when pressed further. Another time in an antiques shop, we looked at an old school desk with a flip-top lid when she, bemused, said ‘Where’s the inkwell?!’ It just seemed strange that she’d expect there to be one.” –blinky84
“SHE TOLD ME THAT WHEN SHE WAS A GROWN-UP SHE USED TO BE MY GRANDMA”
My grandmother passed away about 10 years ago. We were very close and my whole life she always told me that she would be my guardian angel after she died.
When my daughter, now 5 was about 3 she had terrible night terrors and would have a hard time going to sleep. I would spend the evenings with her comforting her to help her get to sleep, reading books, talking to her, etc. One night we were talking about what do you want to be when you grow up. She kept telling me that she used to be a grown up. After prying and asking what she meant, she told me that when she was a grown-up she used to be my grandma.
She then told me a story about when I was young, I had an accident and was burned when helping her cook dinner. It’s something that I never told her but did actually happen. It completely creeped me out at first, and she has never really mentioned anything else like that since – djhankb
“THE SOLDIERS ON HORSES CAME TO TAKE US AWAY.”
“When I was about 3, I used to tell my mum stories of being a little Chinese girl. Apparently, I lived at the bottom of a hill with my grandmother, and I died in a flood. When I was 6 or 7, I came home from school upset that I’d been surrounded by a group of boys, and I cried to my mum that it was like when the soldiers on horses came to take us away.” –the_procastinata
“[SHE] YELLED ‘FOXHOLE!’ WITH A TERRIFIED LOOK ON HER FACE'”
“My then 2.5-year-old daughter heard a loud boom, then jumped into a small low spot in our yard and yelled ‘Foxhole!’ with a terrified look on her face. She had never seen any movies about wars or anything. Definitely had me curious.” –Jessabelle98
“I GOT MARRIED, I JUST GOT MARRIED…”
“My daughter would freak out and start crying and screaming while repeating, ‘Why! Why! I got married, I just got married, I got married.’ Over and over again, with this tone filled with grief that I never heard come out of a child so small. 2 and a 1/2 is pretty young to be sobbing your heart out. It was a cry that I had only ever heard from adults who have lost the love of their life.” –ViolentGrace
“THEY MADE HER GO TO SLEEP.”
“My daughter, right before she turned 5, was in our hall in the middle of the night, still asleep, whimpering and crying. I got her to come lay down with me, and when I asked her what the dream was, she got very upset and said ‘It wasn’t a dream, I remembered.’
She told me she remembered when she was a bad dog, and they made her go to sleep. I asked her about it again later and she got very upset, said she was a bad dog and started crying saying she didn’t want to remember it again. She has no idea what it means to put a dog down, let alone that it is what happens to ‘bad dogs.'” –leather_and_lead
“HE INFORMED US THAT WE WERE THE FAKES”
“My son went for over a year talking about his other mummy and daddy, with a completely straight and serious face. We have a blended family, so he has me (Mum) and at his father’s house his Dad, Stepmum, and brother. He said he had two fake mummies and a fake daddy, and then a set of real ones. When trying to get clarification (thinking he was having trouble adapting to new family roles), he informed us that we were the fakes and that his real parents were much older and lived far away on a farm, with his older brother.
That story came up off and on, as well as weird side statements from him. We had him at A&E one time, in a private room. He hears voices outside which he normally wouldn’t pay any mind to. And perked up, looked at the door, and goes, ‘That sounded like my real Mummy’s voice!.’ He was very excited and animated about it (my kid is usually pretty deadpan, so that was off, too). I decided to just ride it out, but admittedly it did freak me out at first. He hasn’t done it in a while.” –SerenityNeutraylis
“I’M RIGHT HERE, MOMMY”
It was in the early afternoon of Halloween. This is a rough time of year for me, because my first child was stillborn near this day. I was sitting in a chair in the den, my husband was at the desk on the opposite side of the room. My two and a half year old daughter was moving around the room, not really doing anything. As always happens on this day, my thoughts turn to my stillborn daughter. Suddenly my daughter plops a book onto my lap (remember, she is two, cant read yet, and the walls of the room were pretty much wall to wall books). The book was given to me after the stillborn. It was a pagan book for grieving parents. Startled at the coincidence, I just kind of stared at the book.
My daughter (TWO) flipped open the book, and pointed imperiously to a paragraph. I obeyed, and read the paragraph. It was talking about how a child who dies might reincarnate back into the same family, or somewhere nearby. So I wondered where my child might have reincarnated. My daughter patted my leg and said ,”I’m right here, Mommy.” Those were the first words spoken at this time, the only words spoken for a long time. It gives me chills every time I remember it. – Perffiath
“SHE HAD AN INTENSE DRIVE TO FIND HER KIDS”
When my youngest daughter was 3 years old she would very often get upset and insist I help her find her kids because they needed her. She said she was in a car accident and died. But her two children in the back seat survived and needed her. By the time she was 5, she no longer remembered, but for almost 2 years she had an intense drive to find her kids and let them know that their mommy was OK. – memelissaann
“I TOLD MY MOTHER THAT I WANTED TO PHONE MY MOM”
When I was about 4 years old, I told my mother that I wanted to phone my mom. She didn’t think anything of it. A few minutes later she hears me talking and comes in the next room to find me speaking to a woman. I somehow knew the phone number, and the woman’s name. I told her I was sorry for leaving and that I missed her and loved her.
My mom took the phone and started apologizing saying it was just her son playing. The lady’s son had died less than 10 years prior in an accident. And she was in shock and crying not knowing what to say.
I feel bad thinking about it now because I must have really messed her world up when she was probably getting over the grieving. Really freaked my mom out too. – WOKEbaby
“YOU KNOW, MY REAL DAD”
The first time my mum and dad ever took my brother (who was three at the time) to a train station, my dad walked toward the edge of the platform to look out for the train, only for my brother to go hysterical begging my dad to step back because his ‘real’ dad died on a railway line. When questioned all he would say was ‘you know, my REAL dad, the one before you’. He’s 26 now and has no recollection of ever saying it. – gossipgirl-xoxo