Kids are prone to saying some pretty wacky shit. Usually, toddlers' random outbursts are either nonsensical or funny. But sometimes, they veer into legit terrifying territory.
In a recent AskReddit thread, readers were asked about times their child has done or said something to indicate that they were remembering a past life (a phenomenon observed semi-frequently in children). Whether they were sharing things their own kids had said or moments that they were told happened in their own childhood, some of the most popular responses will seriously creep you out.
1. "The car hit me, my other mummy cried, then I came to you."
"He was 3 and pretending to run over his Lego men. When asked to stop, he said, 'That's how I died isn't it?' 'No, you've never died.' 'Yes, I have! When I was 2 last time. The car hit me, my other mummy cried, then I came to you.' He's a teen now, doesn't remember a thing about it." –Nodgenodgewinkwink
2. "I'm sorry I left you before, mummy."
"My friend had a miscarriage before she had her first daughter. A few years ago, when her daughter was about 4, a group of us were at a party. Her daughter was sitting on her lap and said something along the lines of 'I'm sorry I left you before, mummy. I was hurting really bad and I wasn't ready.' My friend asked her was she meant, and her daughter said she left her before she was born but came back. Super creepy. Daughter doesn't remember this conversation and still doesn't know about the miscarriage." –workbidness
3. "Oh, that's where I died, isn't it?"
"My family took everyone on a trip to see their old neighbourhood. They drove by a house where, about 15 years earlier, a little girl was hit by a car and died. My cousin – who was about 4 at the time, never had been in the neighbourhood, and never heard this tragic story – stopped what she was doing and said, 'Oh, that's where I died, isn't it?' She then resumed playing with her dolls (or whatever it was she was doing)." –westsideHK
4. "The teacher told my mother that it was spooky."
"My mum loves to tell this story: When I was young, I really wanted to learn Russian, so they got me into a class. In general, Russian was very easy for me to pick-up and use. It sort of 'made sense,' and I could construct complex sentences. The teacher told my mother that it was spooky, because I could speak it in a way that they hadn't been teaching me (I could figure out colloquial phrases). To this day, I still have it and haven't lost my Russian." –PippenRedux
5. "I've been here."
"My 3-year-old niece, in a hotel near her home, said 'I've been here. I used to sit in this chair and knit.' Wouldn't say anything else when pressed further. Another time in an antiques shop, we looked at an old school desk with a flip-top lid when she, bemused, said 'Where's the inkwell?!' It just seemed strange that she'd expect there to be one." –blinky84
6. "He gave a description of what he used to look like, and then how he died."
"While chatting with my 4-year-old son, he started going into vivid descriptions of being a friendly old man who his neighbours were fond of. He gave a description of what he used to look like, and then how he died, how he felt once he died, and how he woke up again while being born. The way he talked made it seem like he was recalling going to the zoo the previous weekend. He was so casual about it that when he looked at my expression on my face he said 'What? What's wrong?' I don't believe in past lives, but that was strange." –wokeupsoaked
7. "It wasn't a dream, I remembered."
"My daughter, right before she turned 5, was in our hall in the middle of the night, still asleep, whimpering and crying. I got her to come lay down with me, and when I asked her what the dream was, she got very upset and said 'It wasn't a dream, I remembered.' She told me she remembered when she was a bad dog, and they made her go to sleep. I asked her about it again later and she got very upset, said she was a bad dog and started crying saying she didn't want to remember it again. She has no idea what it means to put a dog down, let alone that it is what happens to 'bad dogs.'" –leather_and_lead
8. "When he turned 5, he told me he had never made it this far."
"First, when my son was 3, he told me that he was once kidnapped and the police accidentally shot and killed him when they were trying to rescue him. When he turned 5, he told me he had never made it this far. Also when he was 5, we drove past my grandparents' old house (they have been gone 16 and 18 years now). He told me, 'I used to play in that house with Pappy (my dad) when I was little, except the house used to be white.' The house did indeed used to be white, and it had been painted an ugly grey. My dad also had nine siblings, three of which died in infancy." –4theloveoffiber
9. "That sounded like my real Mummy's voice!"
"My son went for over a year talking about his other mummy and daddy, with a completely straight and serious face. We have a blended family, so he has me (Mum) and at his father's house his Dad, Stepmum, and brother. He said he had two fake mummies and a fake daddy, and then a set of real ones. When trying to get clarification (thinking he was having trouble adapting to new family roles), he informed us that we were the fakes and that his real parents were much older and lived far away on a farm, with his older brother. That story came up off and on, as well as weird side statements from him. We had him at A&E one time, in a private room. He hears voices outside which he normally wouldn't pay any mind to. He perked up, looked at the door, and goes, 'That sounded like my real Mummy's voice!.' He was very excited and animated about it (my kid is usually pretty deadpan, so that was off, too). I decided to just ride it out, but admittedly it did freak me out at first. He hasn't done it in a while." –SerenityNeutraylis
10. "Now they will be gone for 1,000 days."
"I am raised Roman Catholic. My son is raised Roman Catholic. But I was dating this Muslim guy who would play prayers constantly (that were on YouTube). This particular day, my boyfriend was playing a prayer that's supposed to protect you from jinn. My 3-year-old son looked up from his colouring book and said clear as day 'Now they will be gone for 1,000 days.' My boyfriend looked him dead in the eye and was like, 'How do you know that?' My son smiled, shrugged, and continued to colour. I don't know if this is true, but my boyfriend explained that if you recited that specific prayer it was supposed to banish evil spirits for 1,000 days. To this day, I still get chills when I think about it." –foufinha
11. "I cried to my mum that it was like when the soldiers on horses came to take us away."
"When I was about 3, I used to tell my mum stories of being a little Chinese girl. Apparently, I lived at the bottom of a hill with my grandmother, and I died in a flood. When I was 6 or 7, I came home from school upset that I'd been surrounded by a group of boys, and I cried to my mum that it was like when the soldiers on horses came to take us away." –the_procastinata
12. "I was your mum in heaven."
"My 3-year-old said, 'I was your mum in heaven.' Multiple times. When I was six weeks pregnant with her, my mum died unexpectedly the day she found out the secret that I was pregnant at 40 with what would be her last and 21st grandchild. We were going to surprise her on her 75th birthday, two weeks later, but a niece let the secret out. When my girl was 4, we were looking through pictures boxes. I have no family pictures posted in my house. Later that night, I realised my girl took three pictures of my mum and put then in her room. She's never seen pictures of my mum before. I asked her why she took those pictures and she said, 'Because I'm pretty.'" –capnvontrappswhistle
13. "And that is how I realised my son was magpie in his past life."
"I asked my son once who he was before he was my son. He was small, maybe 3. He looked at me sadly and said, 'It was dark and cold, and I wasn't anything. Just all by myself.' And then be perked up and said, 'And before that I had black wings and I flew! And I'd take shiny stuff, because all shiny things are MINE!' And that is how I realised my son was magpie in his past life. And gave me a clue where to find my missing earrings. He had a hidden cache of jewellery in his room, the little imp." –Froggyloofa
14. "She knelt in front of it like a Templar praying to the cross of the crossguard."
"The first time my 6-year-old step-daughter got to handle my practice broadsword she knelt in front of it like a Templar praying to the cross of the crossguard. It was weirdly solemn, too." –ispringer
15. "She jumped into a small low spot in our yard and yelled 'Foxhole!'"
"My then 2.5-year-old daughter heard a loud boom, then jumped into a small low spot in our yard and yelled 'Foxhole!' with a terrified look on her face. She had never seen any movies about wars or anything. Definitely had me curious." –Jessabelle98
16. "Why! Why! I got married, I just got married..."
"My daughter would freak out and start crying and screaming while repeating, 'Why! Why! I got married, I just got married, I got married.' Over and over again, with this tone filled with grief that I never heard come out of a child so small. 2 and a 1/2 is pretty young to be sobbing your heart out. It was a cry that I had only ever heard from adults who have lost the love of their life." –ViolentGrace
Answers have been lightly edited for spelling and grammar.
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