Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in ghosts or the supernatural, but when I was 4 or 5, my mother and I saw part of a toy rocket flip onto its side and roll across the living room floor by itself.
It was an Apollo Moon Rocket. It was probably 12 inches tall and maybe 2 inches across. It had 5 stages: the capsule, the thing the capsule sat on, 2 tubes that formed the body and a round base with 5 nozzles on the bottom but no moving parts, no springs or anything that would make it move by itself.
One afternoon, the parts of the rocket were scattered across the floor, and the base was lying flat, nozzles down. I was sitting on Mom’s lap on the couch watching TV when the base stood on edge, rolled 4 or 5 feet across the floor and fell over onto the nozzles.
It scared the crap out of me.
Mom tried to calm me down. I remember her telling me that it wasn’t a ghost, although she couldn’t explain why it stood on its side and rolled across the room.
When Dad came home from work, I remember running over to tell him what happened, and even though I had a witness, I don’t think he entirely believed me, and, frankly, I don’t blame him.
I doubted the story myself until I asked Mom about it a few years ago. She said it happened, that it wasn’t a trick, that no one touched it, no one was near it, that nothing else in the house moved, just the rocket part.
Like I said, I don’t believe in the paranormal. I’m sure there’s some logical explanation, but damned if I can think of one.
14 thoughts on “The absolutely true story of the ‘ghost’ that rolled my toy across the room”
And to think they called the people who protested fluoridating city water supplies crazy.
Yeah, well I was … HEY!
I think I’m getting in the spirit too. The Spooky Case of the Missing Keys certainly, at the time, made my hair stand on end.
But it was the eighties. Maybe it was the mousse.
Rolling across the floor, I get, but lying down then flipping up by itself? That’s weird.
Oooh, I love these types of stories! Especially told by people like you who aren’t prone to hyperbole or fabrication. I don’t know if I totally believe in “ghosts” either, but I’ve seen enough things to know that there is a lot of stuff going on that we have no clue about.
I really don’t believe it was otherworldly. It’s just something that happened that neither my mom nor I can explain.
If it had happened today, you would have snapped a video with your smart phone, and posted it on You Tube where it would have gone viral by now. Then everyone would believe you!
OH! You just reminded me a story that I have from about 8 years ago…as an adult. I thought it was silly too and looked for ways to “explain” but I know, what I know. And I wasn’t tired or drunk. I’ve got to post about it now…
If it weren’t for my experience, I would think you just imagined it…but now I believe otherwise. 🙂 Something moved the rocket.
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I can’t wait to read what you write!
I guess the Force was with it!
I’m making that Twilight Zone theme song sound in my head but for the life of me can’t figure out how to type that.
I love that you’ll never forget it and that you’ve shared it. Did you tell your kids?
some things we can never explain ive seen things i question myself about all the time todd i dont disbelieve or truly believe either not yet anyway xxjen