Their memories of childhood will never be the same
It can be scary being a little kid interacting with an adult. Sometimes you get this sinking, scary feeling in your gut all of the sudden. You know that there’s something strange about the person, and you’re nowhere near your family. These kind of scenarios can leave long-lasting memories that scare you well into adulthood. They knew something was wrong, but they had no idea how bad it was until much later in life.
Shiny New Toy
I found an unloaded (real) revolver in the street behind our apartment when I was about five-six. Put it with my other (toy) cowboy guns (that was a thing). Played with it, didn’t like it much. The real gun was heavy, and too hard for me to pull the trigger. The plastic ones were much more fun.
Eventually my mom found it and (in retrospective surprise) didn’t freak out, just made it disappear. (too_generic)
When I was around six, my family rented a smaller house on a farm. The farm was way out of the way and had a long road that led to the main street.
The owner of the land had a very smart and large German Shepherd named Lady. I would hang out with her a lot. One day Lady took off running all the way down the road and I ran after her. So as I was convincing [her to] follow me back, a blue truck pulled up and a woman hopped out. She went on about Lady and how she used to own her when she was a younger before putting her up for adoption. I don’t remember much else of what she said, I responded here and there- but I do remember her offering to give me a ride up back to the house.
The entire time Lady stayed right in front of me, staring the woman down and not moving. The lady took a step forward, Lady just growled at her and stayed her ground. Eventually the woman gave up trying to coerce me and left.
That night, I mentioned it to my brother, saying that I had met Lady’s previous owner. Because at 6, I had no idea. He said, “Uhm, you know she was probably trying to kidnap you, right? Mrs. Anderson has had Lady since a young puppy.” It didn’t really hit me until I thought about it a few years ago. (Sasshea)
Ghost in the Machine
Woke up one morning when I was about six to toys going off in my room. Some of it was electronic, but there was also some stuff that needed to be wound up going off, too. I could hear my mom on the phone with my dad in the next room, telling him she didn’t know what was going on.
She sounded freaked out, but I don’t remember anything past that. I thought it was most likely a false memory, but I brought it up a couple years ago, and my mom confirmed that it happened. (Camanthe)