Friday, October 16, 2009

Fright Night

Wednesday night was freaky, to say the least.

It started out as a pretty normal bedtime affair. Evie fell asleep on the couch and Chris took her into her bed. About 3:00 AM, she came into our room. Of course we were fast asleep, but her little sing-song voice woke us up.

Evie: (Holding up Shamu, her lovey, her pillow, and her blanket) I brought in all my stuff!
Me: Good! Now, please lay down on your Backyardigans bed and go to sleep.
Evie: Okay. Night night.

Quiet.

Our dog, Murphy, suddenly jumps up and runs barking to the kitchen. We live very close to Bluebird Park, so this happens several times a night. Murphy hears deer or skunks or who-knows-what. We ignore it.

Evie: Someone is standing in the hall.
Me: WHAT?
Evie: (Sitting up in bed, pointing) Someone is standing there.
Me: (Heart beating fast, looking in the hall) I don't see anyone in the hall.
Evie: (Insistent, still pointing) Someone is standing there.
Me: There is no one there!
Evie: (Angry now) Daddy is standing there!
Me: Daddy is in bed next to me.
Chris: Now she's really freaking me out! (Gets up with a flashlight to check things out. Finds nothing.)

Murphy comes back in the room and lays on her dog bed.

We all settle back in our beds. I can't stop opening my eyes to check the hall.

Murphy gets up again, runs to the kitchen and barks. She comes back into our room a few minutes later. I hear Evie's breathing, even and deep, and thank my lucky stars that she's already asleep.

I check the hall. I check the hall. I check the hall.

Murphy gets up again, runs to the kitchen and barks. She comes back into our room a few minutes later.

I check the hall. I check the hall. I check the hall.

Murphy gets up again, runs to the kitchen and barks. She comes back into our room a few minutes later.

I check the hall. I check the hall. I check the hall.

I check the hall. I check the hall. I check the hall.

Somewhere after 4:30, I finally fall asleep.

During the day, I am (usually) a sane and rational person. I don't worry about ghosts and things that go bump in the night. I know there is no such thing. But at 3:00 AM, things just look different. Especially when my daughter insists she sees someone in our home.

Soopy times here at the Hub House. Last night, she didn't mention anyone in the hallway. But I checked several times, just to be sure...

6 comments:

Fiona said...

Ack! Awful.

Years ago, when Charles traveled, I couldn't sleep at all. I just always felt paranoid about someone being in the house. And I would check the doors and windows basically all night, only going to sleep at dawn.

These days, I do a little better. For one thing, I have 117 lbs. of dog asleep on the bed, so that tends to make me feel more relaxed. Plus, we have a security system here.

But still...at 3 am anything can seem possible, and very very scary.

Hope you get more sleep tonight!

Prasti said...

eewww...that is creepy. sometimes i wonder if little kids can sense (or see) things that we adults can't. have you tried praying through the house (or maybe that hallway)? i had issues w/ our basement when we first moved into our house (something didn't seem quite right)...praying through it made a huge difference...

casual friday every day said...

My oldest son, when he was 2 or 3, would see Angels. I remember seeing Angels as a child, too. Maybe she saw an Angel? I think it's amazing how spiritual in-tuned children are.

Nell

Sara said...

Creepy! I think I would react the same as you. I know when Paulo goes TDY for the first time after a move, I freak out. And make the kids sleep in our bed. I am a NUT.

Doesn't help it's fall and everything is all soopy anyway!

Alexandra said...

I agree with everyone, I think kids can see things we can't. My cousin and her daughter were driving in the car a while back and they passed a cemetery and her daughter insisted there were people sitting on top of the graves. *shivers*

Shari Baby said...

ooh that IS soopy.