After writing my bio, and stating that I had never seen any apparitions, I got to thinking about some things that I remember from my childhood.
When I was young, around the age of 4 probably, I remember waking up in my room in our trailer. Floating in my room were what I always described as "spiky balls" floating around. These were grey-ish, somewhat diaphanous, and of varying sizes from about the size of a golf ball to about the size of a softball. I remember very strongly that I wasn't afraid, just sort of childishly curious. The experience lasted for only a short period, a matter of a couple of minutes perhaps, and I went back to sleep.
The second experience was when I was about 8 years old and living in an apartment above an old store. I again woke up in the middle of the night, and saw the sort of shadowy form of a man with an "Abe Lincoln"-type hat (although I don't think it was quite like that, shorter than a stovepipe hat, but flat on top like one) at the foot of my bed. He then walked into my closet and disappeared. (There was an entrance to the attic in my closet, although we never used it.) Again, I don't remember being frightened. (To be honest, I'm not sure how that works, because I was a fearless child, often to the point of doing stupid, dangerous things, but as I got older I became a real chicken. I'm 30 and scared of the dark, if that's any indication.)
I want to assure you that I have always written these two experiences off as some sort of dream, hence why I didn't want to include "seeing" things in my bio. I'm not even sure that they weren't dreams, especially given my age. The only reason I am submitting my experiences is because they seemed very real to me at the time and stuck with me all these years. Also, the other thing is that my whole life I don't recall ever dreaming of waking up in my room. When I dream I'm in "my house", it is always a strange house that represents my house. These were (dreams?) of waking up in my actual darkened room and seeing something.
I've looked online for explanations of "spiky orbs", but nothing I've read seems to match what I saw, and I guess I'm sharing this to get either reassurance that I was just a very imaginative child or that these might have been paranormal experiences. Please feel free to be brutally honest with me, because I figure if you guys at YGS can't sort it out, nobody can, LOL! Thanks for reading!