1. O, dat is mijn speciale vriend die altijd voor me zingt!
“I was with my sister, her husband, and their two year old daughter. We were talking about loved ones that had recently passed (my father had died sometime recently). My brother in law went and grabbed a picture of his mother, who had died in a car crash when he was six, to show me.
When my niece saw the picture though she started laughing. We asked her what was so funny and she looked at us and said “that’s my special friend who sings to me”.
I still shiver a bit just thinking about it.”
2. Nou, slaap lekker dan maar…
“I was tucking in my two year old. He said “Good bye dad”. I said, “No, we say good night”. He said “I know. But this time its good bye”
Had to check on him a few times to make sure he was still here.”
3. Andere moeder? Eehmmm…
“Walking past an old cemetery, my (then) 3-year-old son casually said, ‘My brother is in there.’ When I reminded him that he didn’t have a brother, he said, ‘No, Mama… from before. When the other lady was my mommy.'”
4. Hij staat achter je
“‘Go back to sleep, there isn’t anything under your bed’.
‘He is behind you now’.
Still haven’t gotten over that one and shiver at the memory.”
5. Brrrr… Doodeng!
“When my cousin was 2 years old or so, her mom got pregnant again. One day she went to hug her mom’s belly and said “little brother sick”.
A few days later she had a miscarriage…”
6. Joh, dat deed ik elke dag in mijn vorige leven
“When my son was small, I was talking to him about growing potatoes. I described how you bank up the earth around them as they grow, and he said ‘I used to do that when I was an old man’.”
7. Bedank jij ze even?
“My sister got hit by a drunk driver in April and it totalled her car. She had my 4 year old nephew and my infant niece with her. When my mom arrived at the hospital my nephew asked her if he would thank the big guys. What big guys Kaiden? Grammy, the big guys that were in the car with me when it got loud and scary and they hugged me with their arms and kept me safe. Even the insurance adjuster cannot explain how either child escaped with not a scratch.”
8. Pap, mijn broertje is een monster
“My 3 year old daughter stood next to her new born brother and looked at him for awhile then turned and looked at me and said, ‘Daddy its a monster… we should bury it.'”
9. Bad man
“Why are you crying?
What bad man?
‘There.’ Points behind me at a dark corner of the room.
Lamp on bookshelf next to said darkened corner falls off as soon as I turn to look.
She slept in our bed that night.”
10. Zouden ze het dan toch echt aanvoelen?
“My mother was babysitting my daughter while I was at a doctor’s appointment and said: ‘Oh no, Grandma. Mama’s not coming any more today. She was in a bad, bad accident. She can’t come get us.’ I had indeed been in an accident that almost killed me at that exact time. None of my family had yet been notified.”