At some point when I was a kid, I woke my parents up with a strange problem. “Get the gun out of my room,” I told them.
Perturbed, they followed me into my room. Gun? What gun? Despite their reassurance that everything was fine and there was no firearm present, I refused to go back to bed. Instead, I paced in front of my bed, agitated. “Get the gun,” I repeated, again and again.
They finally determined that I, apparently in a sleep-waking state, thought that my Fisher Price tape recorder was a gun. They took it out of the room, and I went back to sleep.
That twilight state between sleep and waking is a weird place. Another time I came downstairs asking them to help make the rocks stop falling from the sky. I guess I had trouble sometimes discerning between dreams and reality.
Which is creepy. But kids do creepy things, whether they’re in a dream state, or else learning how to use language. A recent post on the social networking site reddit asks, “What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen a kid do/say?”
And phew! Some of the responses are weird.
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