Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Are they just dreams?
Grace and Edie are hardcore dreamers. I usually just chalk it up to two kids who have vivid imaginations, and who maybe shouldn't watch so much Scooby Doo. The girls have woken me up with a litany of stories, many of which include people in their rooms; little girls, grown ups, and some who are just too scary to describe. I'd be lying if I said this didn't freak me out, because it does. And I know dismissing it as a bad dream doesn't help them that much - I remember losing a lot of sleep as a kid just from being scared of stuff.
I recently read a book by Sylvia Browne, many of whom will dismiss as a quack. She says children are more succeptible to seeing ghosts because they aren't as jaded as we are yet and not quite so prone to dismissing things because they are "impossible". And sometimes it isn't scary for them because they aren't programmed to think that kind of stuff is scary. Edie has talked quite fondly about a little girl in her room, and has asked where she has gone in the morning, like she misses her.
What do you think, do you believe in ghosts? Do you think sometimes young kids are actually seeing something we can't?
Now, last night Edie woke me with a blood curdling scream because aligators were biting her feet. I do draw the line at reptilian ghosts. I do think that was just a really bad dream.