The year is 1985 and I was about 4. I lived with my mom in St. Paul, Minn in an apartment complex. My mom was in an abusive marriage at the time.
One night I had trouble sleeping and went to ask mom if she could read to me so I could sleep. I walked down the hall toward the living room and saw her husband (not my dad) push her and tell her she was worthless. I went quietly back to my room so he wouldn't hear me, and quietly laid in my bed facing away from the door. Someone I think was my mom and her husband came to check on me later on and left without incident.
The next memory I have is of 2 people that I didn't know in my room a woman was sitting on the foot of my bed, and a man standing in front of her. When I saw them I felt that they cared for me and loved me. I wasn't scared at all. She said to the man. "Why does he treat her that way? She doesn't deserve it." The man tells her "He will get his you will see." They proceed to tell me that they are going to get me and my mom away from him.
I left the next year and my mom around 1990. I didn't know what my grandparents looked like since they died in 1967 in Oklahoma, and never saw a picture until 1986. I remember details like the woman's hair, thick Southern accent and the man carried himself with pride with a Midwest accent. (I found out at about 10 that Grandma was born in Texas and Grandpa in Indiana). I had asked my great grandma who was in the picture, and she said it was my grandparents and they went to Heaven before I was born. I remember thinking: "They can't be in heaven because I saw them."
Some reel to reel recordings they made in the mid 1960's surfaced in 2004, and it was the same exact voices I heard in 1985.
After all of these years I have not been able to explain this. How can someone in his 30's remember something like this when he was 4 in good detail.