My Experience with Supernaturals,

What I saw as a 3 year old

Many years ago , when I was around 3 years old, I had an interesting experience.

I was able to backtrack my age by asking my late parents questions about when we moved out of the house In Campbell street in Georgina. Georgina is a suburb of Roodepoort a town just west of Johannesburg.

My brother was born in that house. He was born at home. When I saw my baby brother, my mother said I burst into tears and said "I dont want a brother, I want a sister, even if she is Black!

But enough of the background. Our house, which was newly built, was on top of a knoll or a small hill (or Koppie as it is called in South Africa). According to local legend this hill was a tribal burial ground for the local indigenous population. However, this did not deter the land developers and building of new houses simply went ahead.

One evening my parents and I went to visit with friends in some nearby houses. It was walking distance as there were not too many cars about in the 1950's in that part of the world. Travel was primarily by suburban train and by tram in Johannesburg at that period of time.

Once the visit was over we walked back home. As a tired little three year old, I was perched on my dad's neck riding horsey style with my hands clutching his forehead while he supported me by holding my feet with his hands, somewhat like stirrups.

As we approached the house,I saw saw, what to me, looked like a blue neon outline of an indian brave. Next to him was what appeared to be a reddish orange neon outline of a "cowboy". These characters were leaning on our back fence. However if one notes that the fence was some 1.8m (or 6 foot) high, these figures were extremely large. I called to out my dad and said "look at the cowboy and Indian on the fence" My dad made no comment.

We went into the house. According to my dad the whole house smelled of cigar smoke and my bedroom door which was latched opened and closed itself. The latch remaining intact.

We left the house immediately and went back to the friends where we slept for the night. Shortly after that we sold up and left the house for good.

About 40 or so years later, I tried to find the house , bearing in mind that I was 3 years old when I was last there. By a miracle I found the house. I knocked at the door hoping to meet the current occupants. No one was at home. However a passerby told me that that the current owners wre moving out. According to him, this was just one of many owners occupants to move out after a brief stay.

The passer by said "That house is haunted you know"!

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senfunn 8 years ago from India

wow !! interesting ... Thanks for the response and sharing ur childhood happening.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Actually thank you! your request simply caused that memory to resurface vividly and the hub kind of typed itself. Ghost writing?

  


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Great Hub, this too causes memories of parts of my childhood and things that definitely went bumb in the night.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

This story triggered a lot of questions for me; I thought "cowboys and indians" were a North American thing. What kind of indians -Gandhi or Geronimo?- does (did?) Africa have? I know there were "cowboys" in other parts of the world.

And, did you ever find out what tribe was in the burial ground?


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

These "cowboys and indians" were of "how the west was won" variety. Our favourite game was cowboys and indians - six shooter vs bow and arrow or knife. Contrary to popular belief Voortrekkers and natives was not a particlarly popular game! at least not in my span of acquaintances. The burial ground was concievably dating back to bronze or even stone age but more probably of early South Sotho origin. Bear in mind that Roodepoort is very near Maropeng (about 25km )away which is designated as the cradle of humankind, Mrs Ples and alll that.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Very weird... then it doesn't make sense that you would see that type of cowboy and indian, does it? What were they doing there - so clearly out of place? Were they just a figment of a three year old's imagination?


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

No I think it was a product of a 3 year old Knowledge span at the time, hence the reference to our favourite game. Also the fact that we left our new home post haste and the references to the fact that the house still enjoys a bad reputation. But who knows what a young unformed mind remembers.

Perhaps another factor is that at that age I had no recollection of any contact with indigenous folk. The era was that of a lily white South Africa.


Candy Pratt 8 years ago

Wow very interesting.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Dear Sixtyorso, thank you for this amazing experience from your very young age. Children do see, hear and feel much more than adults, because they are not so much socially-civilization-ally brainwashed. Their still very 'innocent mind' (not too experienced mind) is perceptive for many more, than we are at older age. One simply cannot believe, until one doesn't experience it. I think, that you had noticed some very specific entities(energies...) and that your mind had just sticked the right explanation from your own experiences to it. There is so much more out there, what we don't know. We only need to be open and to enjoy this wonderful life, which has been given to us. Thank you for sharing!


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

My pleasure Thnks for reading my stuff and commenting


Yahyaa 8 years ago

Interesting read, I got to know a bit about your childhood.


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mulder 8 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

Great hub   very supernatural   well  done  .


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Mulder Thanks for taking the trouble to read and comment


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dutch84 8 years ago

There is a new show coming on TV soon. On the A&E channel about children with psychic powers...

If only that show existed when you were 3...you would be famous!


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Dutch84

Probably but we only got TV in about 1970. So I would have missed out there too!


oberbreckling 8 years ago

Hi sixtyorso that is to spooky well anyway I believe in the supernatural always have Ive seen a few things but mine has happened since Ive been older mainly shadow figures or a strong perfume just from no where~cool~cya


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Oberbreckling

Thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.


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mdtabish 8 years ago

wow...a very thrilling read


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

mdtabish

Glad you enjoyed sharing my experience. Thanks for reading and commenting


ColdWarBaby 8 years ago

An enjoyable read.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Hamlet, scene v


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

HI ColdWarBaby

Yes Shakespeare you are so right "alas poor Yorick". I guess that Shakespeare too had supernatural experiences or at least a highly active imagination or was it Bacon that we are quoting so freely?

Thanks for stopping by and taking the trouble to read and comment on my hubs


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

An interesting story!


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level1diet 8 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

I believe every word of this. Why some people refuse to believe in ghosts and spirits, when there are millions and millions of us who have these experiences and relate the stories in totally sane, calm ways, is beyond me. Thanks for the factual episode from your life.


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level1diet 8 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

I believe every word of this. Why some people refuse to believe in ghosts and spirits, when there are millions and millions of us who have these experiences and relate the stories in totally sane, calm ways, is beyond me. Thanks for the factual episode from your life.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Level1diet Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have only had that one single experience. As you no doubt realise my descriptions are coloured by my span of knowledge at that early stage of my life.

Comments enhance and improve hubs so they are always much appreciated.


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Fascinating Hub sixtyorso, this is a subject I have an ongoing fascination with and I too firmly believe that children are more open to these experiences because they have not yet been brainwashed into thinking it is all nonsense and there are no such things as Ghosts. I for one am pretty certain a house I used to live in was haunted because you could "feel" the presence in certain areas of the house, but if you simply spoke out loud to the presence and asked it to go away because you wanted to sleep or whatever, the feeling would go away.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

hi Misty Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I believe comments enhance hubs and I welcome your input. That's an interesting premise about children being more susceptible to "presences".


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

There are so many supernatural events. I too believe children could "sense" and "see" things not normally seen by others. And if you do have the gift, you could see it even into your adult life. And hey, you even remember it even up to now. That must have left a huge impression on you. :)


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

I think kids have a natural connection with nature. If you leave a hild to choose their own food and eating habits they will eat only what they crave and when they are hungry. that diet would be intrinsically healthy. Likewise I think children, and animals for that matter, have a greater awareness of what is around them. My recollections of that night are still incredibly strong and vivid nearly sixty years later and i can't always recall what I ate for breakfast this morning.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Thanks for signing my hub. Very interesting ghost story. Creepy.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Moonlake Thank you for stopping by and commenting much appreciated


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Just K 7 years ago from Spokane, Washington

Wow that is really interesting! Pretty sure my grandparents' house is haunted.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Just K Thanks for stopping by and commenting do us tell more.


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James Agbogun 7 years ago

There are so many evidence of the spiritual in Africa. But, It is hard to believe when you are not opportuned to live there.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

James Too true. There more strange things on this earth than we know


pgrundy 7 years ago

What a story! It sounds like you did see something and your three year old brain interpreted it as a cowboy and an Indian. All of my kids saw things when they were very small.

When my eldest daughter turned four we had the family over for her birthday. She was the first grandchild and was very close to my paternal grandmother, her great-grandmother, who was in a nursing home on the other side of the country, 2000 miles away. After opening a few presents she looked up and just beamed and said, "Grandma's here!" (That is what she called her.) We said, no, no grandma has been sick this year, she's in the nursing home near Uncle Larry. Not ten seconds later the phone rang. It was my Uncle Larry calling to say that my grandmother had passed away that morning.

We all were pretty freaked out, to say the least.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Yes I think these things happen and we simply dont know how!


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jeanihess 4 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

Thanks for sharing your story:)


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sixtyorso 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Always a pleasure I hope this gave you some food for thought?


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jeanihess 4 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

It is good that you tell it the way that you remember it and saw it as a child. Sometimes people are tempted to interpret things in an adult way, but what the child saw is what the child saw hey:)

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