In 2001, my little cousin, Kayla, was three years old. She was not told when our great grandmother, whom she had not seen since she was an infant, passed away. Kayla was not informed about, nor was she present at the funeral. She's always had something strange about her... I'm not sure how else to describe it, but she's always seemed very wise beyond her years. She remembers things that you wouldn't expect her to remember, and she seems to understand things, very deeply, that you wouldn't expect her to.
After Kayla's mother had returned home from the funeral, she sat on the couch, looking at a rose. She had taken this rose from off the casket at the funeral, as a way to remember her grandmother. Kayla walked into the room, and asked her mother for the rose.
"No," she answered, "This is Mommy's rose..."
"But Granny said I could have it," Kayla argued.
Kayla's mother and my own mother are sisters, and their mother, who we both address as, "Granny," is very close with us. She still baby sits Kayla almost every weekday after school. So, of course, my aunt made the assumption that Kayla was talking about her.
"When did you talk to Granny?"
Kayla very firmly corrected her mother. "Not MY Granny. YOUR Granny..."
This pretty much freaked my aunt out. She was shaken enough to hand Kayla the rose.
I've noticed that many of the stories on this site happen to people when they are very young, or they happen to the elderly, when they are very close to death.
Does a closeness to birth or death really allow a person a stronger ability to see the other realm? Or are children just impressionable, so they believe anything they think they see? I would imagine this is true in some cases, but at the same time, how would Kayla have known that the rose her mother held belonged to her great grandmother?