I had often heard that young children are more open to the spiritual world and the below experience definitely made up my mind that this can certainly be true. The experiences happened to my best friend's son some years ago, which we still talk about from time to time.
Going back about 13 years ago we called ourselves the "fab four". My best friend and I had boyfriends and the boys were also best friends since they were kids. So of course we all did everything together and were all very close. David my was boyfriend at the time and sadly he hit a rough patch and ended up taking his own life. Of course we were all shocked and devastated and it really changed our lives in a huge way.
Needless to say, the funeral was a heartbreaking experience. The Priest had gathered information about David's life for his sermon from his father (his parents were divorced and he lived with his father whom David did not get along with). The information was vague, dates given were wrong and, at the time, we were disappointed as we didn't think that the sermon that was given reflected David's life and personality at all. Looking back now we understand that his father would have obviously been grief stricken and he didn't really know David very well, but at the time we were young and thought we knew it all, so we were all a bit upset with what was said.
The fab four was no longer, although we all remained very close and two years later my best friend and her boyfriend had a son called Archer. When Archer was four, my best friend awoke one morning to hear Archer speaking to someone in his bedroom. She assumed he was talking to himself and she went to his bedroom where he was seemingly having a conversation with someone. She asked who he was speaking to and he simply said "It's David, he plays with me lots." My best friend was a little gob smacked, but David is a pretty common name so she didn't jump to any conclusions.
I visited her and her boyfriend later that day and Archer was once again in his bedroom talking to someone and laughing. I asked if he had a friend over and my best friend said he was alone and told me what Archer had said that morning. We all tried to think of a time that we may have mentioned David in front of Archer (obviously kids pick up everything) but none of us could recall a time when we spoke about David in front of Archer.
Later that night we were eating dinner and Archer casually says, "David had a red car but you used to tease him and say it was orange." We all went silent because this was true! David had a Holden Torana (which was his pride and joy) and we used to have spirited debates on the colour as he insisted it was red but we all thought it was more orange! It was a running joke between us all and we nicknamed the car "Jaffa." There was no way Archer could have possibly known this, so it got us all intrigued that he could actually be talking to David.
On another occasion I was in the car with my best friend and Archer and he says to us, "David told me to tell you not to worry about what was said at the church. He thinks it's funny the man got it all wrong!" We couldn't believe it. He was referring to the Priest's way-off sermon that he gave at his funeral! Another thing Archer could not have possibly known about.
Archer often spoke about David over the next couple of years, bringing up little facts that would gobsmack us every time. He once told us how "David liked Cheeseburgers from McDonald's with lettuce in them" which was true, or how "David collected football cards and lost them all one day when riding his bike to school."
Archer said many random little things about David on many occasions that he could not possibly have known about. These were all little stories and facts that David had told us all about years before so we could verify that it was all true. When Archer was nearly 7-years-old he gradually stopped talking about David. Perhaps his sensitivity to the spirit world got less as he got older, but we think David wanted us to know that he was still around and not to carry any guilt over his death.
Apologies if this story was a bit boring, but it is something that has stuck with me for a long time!