Shiv Harvey Shiv76
When I was five or six my mama and I lived in my grant's council house with extended family. (My gran and grandad had lived there for years with nine children and at times a few grandchildren and my great grandmother' for decades before I was even born. My great grandmother had passed more than ten years before I was born when my mama was quite young. My mama and I shared a large back room which doubled up as a sitting room/playroom. One night I was sleeping in my bed facing my toy cupboard which had no door but a really pretty sheet which mama had painted nailed onto the frame of the cupboard keeping my toys tidy. I remember suddenly opening my eyes to see a little old lady in the doorway of my toy cupboard. I wasn't scared (which in itself was slightly strange,) as i felt the old lady was familiar and safe, she just appeared to be a regular little old lady with slightly strange looking clothes. Without moving her mouth she said 'It's OK Pet, I've just come to see how you are, go back to sleep.' The words sounded clear in my head, and being five or six I said OK and went back to sleep.
The next day I was playing in the garden with mama and I told her about what I said was a dream. Mama who was very close to her grandmother, looked at me asking me to describe the little old lady, so I did, mama looked a little strange and then changed the subject.
Years later, we were talking about family with my big cousin Jimmy who was living with mama and I at the time (I was about eight and Jimmy was around fifteen, sixteen) and mama told me that when I described that little old lady I actually described our great grandmother,, Jimmy laughed and said when he had the same bedroom he had seen our great grandmother also in the same place as I saw her, there were only three differences, Jimmy knew our great grandmother before she passed (all be it he was very young but remembered her well), it was in the middle of the day when Jimmy saw her, and she just smiled at him without speaking.. My mama got out a really old looking family photo and in the middle of family members I knew looking younger was the very same kindly looking little old lady.
Additional note 'Pet' is used as a pet name by many people from Newcastle and I think Sunderland also where my great grandmother's family originated from.
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