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Dear readers, I'm not entirely sure what to make of this story so I've posted it for your opinion.

We have been living in our current house for the past 7 years and around 5 years ago we had our loft converted. I have posted a few stories on here that mention my various experiences and also some of my daughter's who is open to spirit and had some contact in her dreams as have I. We are open minded to the spirit world and paranormal but also don't encourage actively seeking spirits or ghosts out. By this I mean no visiting clairvoyants or doing Ouija boards or anything like that! Also if myself and my daughter are discussing dreams or anything ghostly we are careful to do it out of my son's earshot so not to frighten him...

Now on to my story...

Just recently my 8 year old son has mentioned a reoccurring dream where a soldier in uniform enters his room, smiles at him and walks out again.

Just a couple of relevant points...

I recently found my biological father who's father was a soldier in the 2nd world war and who was also a staunch catholic (this is an important point).

Also, when we moved in to the house we found a framed photo of a soldier in our loft and the hatch to which was in my son's room.

The last time my son said he dreamt of this man, he said the man lifted a chain around his neck and showed my son a cross. (This was why the catholic part was important.)

I have never felt a presence in my home. On the contrary, as soon as we walked in to view the place it had a great feeling, something many of our visitors comment on even today. So I'm not concerned about it really, just curious.

What do you think?

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Cliney1212 (4 stories) (121 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-25)
Hi jav thanks for the comments I'm glad your daughter found her Dad the story is similar to mine... My parents split when I was 3 and I was lucky to be raised by a fantastic man whom I love dearly sadly he passed away 11 years ago... Then by chance another family member mentioned that my parents (who raised me) had an affair... This information made me rethink my history and that of my real father... Bless him he never got over the loss of myself and my mum... And was very happy that I made contact (my name was changed aged 4 so he had no chance of finding me) like your daughters dad he never remarried or had more children (he has 2 older than me) that's made it easier on my part (not to sound selfish) but I've enjoyed getting to know my new family... I've taken all their genes I look so much like them!

My dog is called Silas he's crazy and lovely... He frightens people to death when they come to my house but he wouldn't harm anyone. (unless of course they meant my kids any harm) ❤
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-24)
Redwolf,
Pitts come in lots of sizes. Tazer is low to the ground too. My daughter calls him 'Low Rider'. But such a sweet disposition that it pains me to hear of (well, you know).
Have you ever watched that show on the animal planet channel called "Pittbulls and Parolees"? You have to catch that show! It touches my heart what that woman does. She's a saint. A real bad a$$ one, but a saint in my book anyway.

Jav 😊
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-24)
Cliney,
I understand only too well about your relationship with your natural father and how you want it to progress, my eldest is in the same position herself. I had lost touch with her father over the years as he never showed much of an interest to be involved. This is one of my biggest regrets in life. My daughter and I began searching for him years ago and only last year did we see it come to fruition. She called him one morning on a number we found listed in his name and he answered. He never had any other children and had been looking for her as well. They are taking it slow though, and that by her request. So yeah, I get it now. And I agree with rook's idea as well, it does make sense. Thank you for the explanation, sorry I am so dense. 😆 I'm old and should probably be on meds. (kidding)

You have a Staffordshire? We have always felt Rocky might be half Staff himself. He certainly has the legs for it! That dog was born with springs for legs, I swear. He does this thing out back every day around the time the sun begins to set. He gets a good run on around the perimeter of the yard and then when comes closer to the brick wall on the west side of the yard he starts his leap, hits the wall in an upward motion, then pushes himself high enough to see over the six foot wall into the neighbors yard. He hangs there for a millisecond and down he comes to do it all again. He's a nutball!
But he does have the legs of a Staffy, those dogs love to run.

Jav 😊
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-24)
Javelina,
I just took a look at your profile. Your dog is beautiful. I also have a pitbull but I don't think he's a pure bred because he's a lot smaller than the pits you usually see.
I also read your profile. I think you had a full and adventure full life. How wonderful I'm a little envious.

God Bless
Redwolf
Cliney1212 (4 stories) (121 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-23)
Hello javelina thanks for reading I can understand how you came to your point in regards to my story... And I should have probably explained a little clearer... I have just found my real Dad who's father was a soldier however I have kind of kept my kids out of it... Of course they have met my biological family but I have continued to see my Dad on a weekly basis but my children don't often come. It may seem strange but I want the relationship to grow naturally and so I have tried to be nonchalant about the visits so not to cause any resentments... (I just feels right that way) and my son didn't only have the dream once he's had it several times which made me think it may be more than a simple dream... I'm leaning more to what Rook said about the picture in the loft but alls quiet at the moment so I'll wait and see if he says anymore. Cute dog by the way and your right about pit bulls I have a Staffordshire bull terrier he would lick you to death!
[at] Redwolf...your story brought a lump to my throat I love dogs too... Especially when they're heaven sent ❤
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-21)
Redwolf,
That's how it's been for me my entire life. I cannot survive without my dogs. My mother was the same way, so are my kids. Well, all but the eldest, she's the cat lady of the family. If you look at my profile pic, that is our youngest, Rocky. Such a funny one, but a lover of the neck scratch. He comes to you and bows his head to get his neck scratched. Tazer is the one who had problems when we rescued him, and is still skittish when the microwave dings. We lost Pepsi 2 years ago and Tippy 5 years ago. Both are in dog heaven and interred in our back yard. All rescued. My mother was a licensed breeder and raised Danes back in the old days. Her clients were movie wranglers and trainers mostly. Good old Hollywood.
I've got Pitts, the most misunderstood breed on the planet.

Jav 😊
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-10-21)
Javelina
Thank you for reading this and your comment. Sorry that I made you cry.
I don't want to make you cry more but when he was 8 we had to have him euthanized because he basically had a heart attack. The whole family was heart broken. Especially me. A month or so after he died I had a dream about having another dog coming to me. A black fuzzy female puppy. I had to have major back surgery done that June so I wasn't even looking for another dog. When I was feeling better I went to the local shelter and picked out a dog (not the one from the dream) but my husband wanted to see the dog I put my name to adopt on. As my 2 sons and I were waiting for him a couple drove up in a pick up truck (the same from the dream) and the man picked up a big black fuzzy puppy the same from the dream. I asked how old she was and the couple became ashen asking how I knew the dog was a she. I told them the story of the dream and they handed me her leash saying she belonged to us the woman crying and blessing me. I don't know what they did to her because I had to nurse her back to health and is still a little skittish and is only now after 6 years allowing us to touch her haunches but won't let us brush out any mats in her fur. But she loves me and misses me terribly if I'm gone longer than an hour.
We always adopt and spay or neuter. We've had as many as 5 dogs at one time but my husband asked me to keep the number to 4 after one of the dogs died.
Redwolf
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-21)
Cliney,
I don't know how I missed this one when it first came up, but I am glad I read it now.
Everything that lead up to this dream your son had was most likely the reason he had it at all. You state...

"I recently found my biological father who's father was a soldier in the 2nd world war and who was also a staunch catholic (this is an important point).
Also, when we moved in to the house we found a framed photo of a soldier in our loft and the hatch to which was in my son's room."

It seems like a very simple answer but many times that is what it is. It all just falls together. Of course, as in all opinions here, that one is mine. Take it or leave it.

Jav 😊
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-21)
[at] Redwolfe,
Your comment just made me cry. Bless your heart.

Jav ❤
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-10-21)
Cliney
I know you are joking about asking him for lottery numbers but he would only give me tips about horses as he loved them as I do. In fact his favorite horse had my given name. He did give me the # of a horse for the last Belmont Stakes and the jockey admitted he made a rookie mistake and came in second.
He also loved dogs and right after my family moved into the house we now live in I saw an ad from a husky rescue. I called the # and spoke to the woman about a specific dog. The woman told me the dog was a year old male and I already owned 3 dogs 2 female 1 male so I didn't think it would be a good idea to get another adult male. After I hung up the phone I kept feeling like someone was annoyed with me. I knew it was my grandfather so I called back and said I wanted to see the dog. I went to the house and the woman kept showing me other dogs. I told her I was there for the dog in the ad so she finally brought him up from the basement. He came over to me and laid down on his back at my feet. Her jaw dropped because he had never done that for anyone else including her. He was emaciated and when I patted my chest he jumped up and licked my face. I told her I wasn't leaving without him. Even though I was a few dollars short of her fee she let me have him. He wasn't a Siberian Husky as she advertised, he was an Alaskan Malamute which is a larger heavier dog. He was so emaciated you could see his hips and feel his ribs and he weighed only 55 pounds whereas he should have weighed around 100 pounds. So my grandfather made me rescue a dog almost 9 years after he died.
Cliney1212 (4 stories) (121 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-05)
By the way could ou ask your grandpa or the lottery numbers... 😆
Cliney1212 (4 stories) (121 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-05)
Thank you Redwolf... Myself and my daughter have learned to pay attention to our dreams we share them regularly and we both are able to recognise when a dream is an actual 'message' of sorts. Thank you for sharing some of your experiences... The twin towers story is amazing! My daughter received an important message from my Dad (passed away 11 years ago) he showed her an image of himself in a hospital bed (he died of smoke related cancer) and asked her to please never take up smoking (she was 14 at the time) the very next morning I received a call that my mum had a stroke (again smoke related) we took this as a clear message and there are others... (too many to post up) also I have had 2 past life dreams now my daughter has started with sleep paralysis as I said before I try to remain quite nonchalant when the kids tell me things but also they know I will always listen to their thoughts on these things. And I like to think that we have too much love for anything negative to come into our lives (I don't mean that to sound cocky) thank you again for taking the time to comment ❤
llama-chan (2 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-04)
dreams related to ghosts and such can be taken literally. If they're not, they're often symbols for something.
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-04)
Cliney,
Thank you for elaborating further.
I was asking because I know that people have very vivid dreams that are of spiritual natue. I've had them myself more so when Iwas younger. I've had precognitive dreams, in fact a few years ago my grandfather told me to bet on the # 4 horse at the Belmont Stakes (his favorite racetrack was Belmont as we live on Long Island). I did as he told me in my dream. I forgot to mention he died in 1990. The hosre came in first and I won several hundred dollars, I would have won more if I only bet to win but my husband insisted I bet win,place,show. Some people in my family kicked themselves for not betting.
I also used to get dreams about very ill relatives deaths. In the dream I
Would escort them to the destination of where they had to go to cross over. Within a few days they would die. However I did NOT get these dreams when either of my parents died. The last dream of that sort was when my grandfathers brother died.
I also get visions. The one that upset me most was the a partial vision of the Twin Towers a few days before they were attacked. I told my husband something was going to happen to them then made the comment what could happen to them? Airplanes crahing into them. A side note to this is the person we bought the house from was a Middle Eastern Bio-Chemist with a son I later found out liked making pipe bombs. So a couple of days later I noticed black sedans parked by my house that would quickly leave if they saw me looking at them. After a few days of this I called the F.B.I. And told them that I had the address of the former owner of the house. He had refused to change his address with the Post Office and asked us to just forward his mail. Once I gave the adrress to the F.B.I. There were no more black sedans parked by my house.
It is very possible your son is starting to have dreams like you and your daughter. If
So you have a very gifted family. Congratulations but pray that they remain non threatening.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4325 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-02)
Cliney,

Thank you for the feedback. Please keep us posted.

The 'cross' on the uniform may have been a medal or it may have been a 'symbol' of the man's 'job'. If it was worn on his chest, over his heart, then it was a medal. If however it was worn as a pin on his collar or on a 'shoulder board' it then represented the fact that the individual was a Chaplin in the Armed Forces.

Being retired Navy there are 3 WWII medals that come to mind off the 'bat'...

The Navy Cross:

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy_Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross:

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distinguished_Service_Cross_ (United_States)

The Distinguished Flying Cross:

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distinguished_Flying_Cross_ (United_States)

The following link shows (the top one) just what the Chaplain Insignia looks like.

Http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/armybranches/blchap.htm

Not to 'push' you asking your son any more questions, but if, from what he's already told you, any of these 'fit' it may help 'ID' the person he is seeing.

Thanks again.

Respectfully,

Rook
Cliney1212 (4 stories) (121 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-02)
Rook/ thank you for your comments. I did ask my son about the uniform he just said 'old fashioned' and he said the man smiles at him and he showed him the cross the other thing is he said he has a cross on the uniform I think he means the medal that some soldiers wear (I realise I sound completely ignorant and for that I am ashamed) I have tried not to question him too much as I don't want him to elaborate on what he has seen but I keep an open mind and let you know of any developments...
Red wolf thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my story... I know I didn't give you that much to go on... Myself and my daughter do have vivid dreams where we have received spiritual messages and had contact with passed loved ones... I am not sure whether my son is starting with the same types of dreams. To answer your question I have been touched by a spirit (an actual physical touch but not in this house) and no nothing has been moved (at least not that I'm aware of) I am going to keep an eye on things and I will post up any further developments. Once again thanks for reading
rookdygin (24 stories) (4325 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-10-01)
Cliney,

Christians all over the world will wear a 'cross' as a means of showing their 'Faith' in Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. 'Staunch Catholic's' as you put it, are more likely to wear a crucifix (a cross that displays Christ hanging on it) rather than a plain cross.

I 'feel' the individual your son may be seeing is the one in the picture you found... A former owner... Or a son of a former owner who was enlisted.

Question (s):

Have you asked your son just what the uniform looks like? (Old...new...In good shape? Torn up?)

Did his dream start as soon as he moved into his room? Your renovations may have 'stirred' up activity and this spirit is just 'checked' on what has been done to 'his' home.

A spirit may find it easier to 'manifest' in our dreams... When we sleep we are more 'open' and it takes less energy for a spirit to 'show themselves' in our dreams.

Anyway, thank you for sharing and please keep us updated.

Respectfully,

Rook
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-10-01)
We really need more information to answer your question. As it reads it sounds like your family has very vivid dreams. Has anything been moved in your house since you had the loft converted? Has anyone been touched? Have you heard any movement that doesn't sound like normal house settling sounds? If all you are just experiencing dreams it ddoesn't really sound anything more than just that. Dreams.

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