* Sent in by Jen H.
I was home alone with my young son Andrew, doing chores and catching up on some cleaning around the house while Andrew went down for a nap.
Sometime later I could hear Andrew chattering from his bedroom so I knew that nap-time was over it was time for my two year old tornado to be let loose.
Walking up the hallway to Andrew’s room I stopped just outside his door. Andrew continued talking to who I considered to be his imaginary friend. What I found odd though, listening to his conversation, was that he was speaking and asking questions, then leaving a gap before speaking again as though it was a two-way conversation. Then he laughed and said ‘you’re so funny Adam ...” Adam?? I walked in at that point and Andrew abruptly stopped talking then looked over and smiled at me. “This is my mummy,” he said to thin air.
A day or so later I was in the kitchen doing dishes while Andrew played on the floor in front of the bench where I could see him. He was chatting away again and I watched as he sorted out his toys. “One for you, one for me ... one for you, one for me,” he said as he put one toy in front of himself and another on a pile on the other side of the mat he sat on. And so it went on until every toy was out of Andrew’s toy box. Two distinct piles sat on the carpet in front of Andrew. One for him and one for ... Adam?
I turned away to dry a cup and out the corner of my eye I thought I saw a flash of blue. I looked quickly but only saw Andrew and his toys. Nothing unusual there ...
Andrew chatted away and giggled to himself as he played, and I quickly made a phone call to my best girlfriend Donna. She was due to come over for a play-date with her son Jordan and I wanted to ask her to stop by the shops to pick me up some milk.
Just as I was hanging up the phone I looked over to see Andrew holding up a toy as though presenting it to someone. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I watched as the toy seemed to drift in the air of its own accord. It only lasted a second, but in that brief moment I was sure I saw it hang in mid-air, then be placed amongst the other toys on the pile. I knew what I saw - but I couldn’t believe it.
Donna arrived, milk in hand. She saw the look on my face and asked me what on Earth was wrong with me. I said I was just feeling a little flustered as I didn’t want to tell her what I’d just witnessed. She’d think I was nuts!
We settled in for a coffee at the kitchen bench and I tried my hardest to forget what I was sure I’d seen. I kept thinking about it and looking at Andrew and Jordan playing on the floor. Jordan was a little younger than Andrew but they played together nicely and got along well. Soon enough there was three piles of toys on the mat - one for Andrew, one for Jordan and one for .... Adam?
Donna noticed that I was distracted and asked me what was on my mind. I didn’t know what to say, so just made the excuse that I’d been feeling a little rundown and tired. She nodded in empathy.
I took myself off to the loo and left Donna to mind the boys. Upon my return Donna asked me who ‘Adam’ was. I asked her where she’d heard the name Adam, and she replied that both Andrew and Jordan had both referred to Adam, as though they were talking to someone that she couldn’t see.
At first I didn’t know what to say, but I knew I had to say something so I told her what had happened the other day as well as the toy episode from earlier that day. I was expecting her to look at me as though I’d gone totally bonkers, but instead she listened intently, nodding here and there as I spoke. She didn’t seem at all surprised ... in fact, she then went on to tell me of a similar experience that one of her workmates had had. She told me that it was more common than what I would ever have thought.
I started to pay more attention after that and noticed that Adam seemed to be around most of the time. It was like having an invisible tenant around the house.
I never actually saw Adam myself although Andrew continued chatting to him for well over three years or so. I got used to having Adam around even though he was never really all that present for me. He made Andrew happy and content and that was the main thing from my perspective.
Over time though, Adam seemed to be around less and less as the years passed.
Today, Andrew has grown up to be a healthy and happy young man of 33 and nowadays has no memory of his childhood friend Adam. But I remember him.
* Sent in by Jen H.