“I died all by myself”: Has your kid spooked you with a story of a past life?

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The other day my four-year-old asked me, “Hey Mummy, do you remember when we were babies and you were the same size as me and Granny was our mummy?”

I was floored.

“What?” I asked him, but by then he had found a train and was more interested in driving it on the track than answering my probing questions.

Then I remembered his brother had also asked me something similar a few years earlier, which I confess I’d dismissed as just kid-nonsense at the time.

He had asked me if I recalled HIM being MY mummy.

Yep. Spooky stuff.

Here’s some other creepy things kids have said in a Bored Panda thread which is making me not only believe in the concept of past lives, but also that little ones might actually remember these. Before they grow up and forget, like the rest of us.

You don’t have a brother – or did you?

“Walking past an old cemetery, my (then) three-year-old son casually said, ‘My brother is in there,'” shared one commentator.

“When I reminded him that he didn’t have a brother, he said, ‘No, Mama … from before. When the other lady was my mommy.'”

Oh, that OTHER mummy. Of course.

Mother and son on swing at park - feature

Imaginary friend?

One parent shared: “My 4 year old has an imaginary friend named John. He’s had him for a while, but a few months ago he came to me, completely serious and said, “Big John said he loves you” and then walked away.

“Now he has always referred to him as his Buddy John. For example, ‘My buddy John and I….’ 

“My grandfather’s name was John and everyone used to call him Big John. He passed away when I was 6 years old. We lived with him at the time of his passing and he was such a huge part of my life. I have never referred to him as Big John or even John when speaking about him, always just grandpa.”

Potato life

Another user shared this sweet but spooky story.

“When my son was small, I was talking to him about growing potatoes. I described how you bank up the earth around them as they grow, and he said ‘I used to do that when I was an old man.'”

Yep, growing potatoes is like riding a bike, Mum. You never forget.

“I died all by myself!”

Little ones love to celebrate their budding independence, but this story will make your skin crawl:

“When my youngest daughter was about three we were just talking and she said, ‘I died all by myself,’ shared one woman who asked her daughter what on earth she was talking about.

“She said, “Not when you was my Mommy, when I lived with my old Mommy. She had brown skin and so did I. The spider bit me and I died all by myself!'”

Apparently the girl, now aged 13 is “deathly afraid of spiders”.

I mean, we understand.

Surprised boy covering his face

Matter of fact

The thing these past lives stories have in common with the ones my kids told me, is that all the children appear to have spoken about them like it was nothing. Like it’s just a memory.

Here’s an example:

“Getting my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter out of the bath one night, my wife and I were briefing her on how important it was she kept her privates clean. She casually replied, ‘Oh, nobody ‘scroofs’ me there. They tried one night. They kicked the door in and tried but I fought back. I died and now I’m here.’ She said this like it was nothing …”

And another …

My five-year-old asked me when he is going to be 23 – I told him in 18 years – he replied, ‘Well, I hope I don’t die again – cause that’s how old I was the last time I went to heaven.'”


The other family

“My 6-year old came home from school one day, bursting through the door with tears streaming down her face. ‘I miss my other family,’ she said. ‘What other family?’ I asked, thinking she may have been talking about her grandparents, or other friends or relatives.

“‘My alien robot family,’ she explained, continuing to explain that she lived with them in the sky before she came into my tummy. She chose to come down because she was angry with them, and chose our family, but now she missed them and wanted to go back for a visit.”


Why hai, Granny!

If past lives are even real, then it’s nice to think our loved ones may still live on.

“My sister, Hailey, was born exactly two months after our great-grandmother died,” shared one person.

“One day Hailey woke up and informed us it was her 95th birthday. When we tried to reason with her, she started crying, saying that her real name was Irene (my granny’s name), not Hailey. This lasted all day, and the next day she didn’t remember anything.”



This post was originally published 28 January 2020


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