WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 • BRUSH NEWS-TRIBUNE • SENIOR SQUARE
By Rich Biren
When my wife and Ivisit our grandsons,funny things happen.On one occasion oneof them hurried intothe house covered inmud. He lookedbewildered as if hedidn’t have a cluehow it happened. He said innocently,“I was only moving some dirt.”Often I shake my head and smile. Butsometimes things happen that bor-der on the paranormal.One evening we played Hearts withour daughter and son-in-law. Weneeded a short rules refresherbefore starting. After severalhands, everything appeared normal.I was losing.About an hour after the kids wentto bed, we broke for a bite to eat.The grandchildren were tuckedunder the covers. The quiet was apleasant change from the hecticactivities of the day. The sleepingarrangements had the seven-year-old sleeping in our bedroom untilsomeone (usually me) carried himback to the boys’ room. This workedwell with all three able to sleepuntil the wakeup call at 7:00 forschool. It was time to transport theoldest back to his room.Tiptoeing down the hall, I slowlypushed the bedroom door open wherethe 2 and 5 year-olds slept. Theroom was dark. The older one slepton the top bunk and the other onealways found space on the largerbottom mattress. I didn’t dare flipthe light switch and wake them.With the door slightly ajar, I feltmy way in the dark to the end of thebottom mattress. I grabbed thequilt. “Oh!” I felt a small leg.I had done this same exerciseevery night for two weeks. Thisspace had always been vacant exceptwhen the oldest didn’t get to sleepimmediately, he walked himself tothe room. I suspected he movedhimself. I retreated from theirroom.Walking back towards the cardtable, I thought mischievously ofpretending to knock on our bedroomdoor, peek inside, and shout, “Whathappened? He’s gone.” It might geta semi-hysterical parental reaction.Remember, I’m a senior. I can getaway with it by pleading temporaryconfusion. But for some reason Ichose not to. Maybe it was the fearof mandatory attendance to grand-parents school for creating unnec-essary parental worry. Maybe theauthorities would insist my visitswith the grandkids be supervised.That’s embarrassing!After pushing our door open, Iflipped the switch expecting to seean empty bed. WHAT! I couldn’tbelieve my eyes. The seven-year-old slept soundly on our bed. Whowas wrapped under the cover in theother room? I hurried back to theother bedroom determined to get tothe bottom of the situation.(Remember, it was the bottombunk.)Opening the door, I waited brieflyfor my eyes to adjust to the darkbefore kneeling at the end of themattress. I grabbed the cover andfelt only the smooth sheet under-neath. Nothing else! Confused, Icontinued to search without feelingany body. What was going on? Iworried I was loosing it. (I’m suresome of you are already thinkingthat.)Recently I read a book on “GhostsOf The Old West” and admit the ideaof paranormal experiences wasfresh in my mind. Had I experiencedone or was my mind playing tricks?Only a minute had elapsed betweenwhen I initially felt the body andwhen it disappeared. Would anyonebelieve me if I reported a missingbody. And who was missing? MaybeI needed to keep this to myself.After pushing the covers off to theside, I returned to my bedroom andcarried the oldest to his room. I sethim down on the mattress, coveredhim up, and left the dark roomshaking my head. I was definitelyoperating in the dark.I returned to the table hoping thepassage of time might clear my con-fusion. It’s not everyday a body dis-appears. There must be an explana-tion.Later, my daughter gathered someclean laundry and delivered it to theboys’ room. When she returned sheannounced, “He took off all hisclothes!” My daughter explainedthe two year old sometimes took offhis pajamas and diaper and thenrolled up in the quilt to stay warm.My confusion cleared. It wasn’tparanormal. It wasn’t my mindplaying tricks on me. It was only mygrandson operating in the dark.Thank goodness!
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