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My Ottawa Ghost, Now Explained by TED-Ed

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I am perhaps nine years old. I awake in the middle of the night and see an apparition. A tall man, wearing a checkered shirt, at the entrance to my bedroom. Worst of all, I am paralyzed and can hardly breathe.

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This story is almost sixty years old, yet when I write these words, I remember it so vividly. Several moments later, I was able to run into my parents’ bedroom, wake them up and tell them that I had just seen a real ghost (or thief) at the entrance to my bedroom. They didn’t make a big deal of it.

 

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Another time I dreamt that the Pope was going to kill us (the Jews) if we didn’t pay him. I ran upstairs to my parents’ bedroom (by this time I was living in our spooky basement) and woke my Dad up. “Dad, we have to pay the Pope or he’ll kill us.”

My Dad opened up one eye, looked at me and answered quite solemnly. “I’ll send him a check in the morning.” I was mollified. Dad rolled over and didn’t remember I thing the next morning.

But I still do.

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Turns out I may have been suffering from sleep paralysis, a phenomenon in which you wake up inside your dream. Thank you for explaining this, Ami Engelowicz and TED-Ed. I might be crazy, but perhaps not as crazy as I previously thought (remind me to tell you my drowning dream, but that’s another story).

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