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lynnm1947 posted 8/21/2013 12:55 PM

Yesterday at lunch, my son confided that he thinks his younger daughter (3 1/2 years old)has inherited my family ESP tendencies. On her way to day care, she mentioned a family member she's only seen once and asked my son if he had heard anything about her. My son kinda scratched his head "why?" and said "no". A few minutes later he got a text message (not good news) from his dad about this family member. Uh-oh, I think the little one's got it.

Kajem posted 8/21/2013 15:31 PM

Why uh oh? I think it's great your family understands this trait. Much better for your granddaughter to have a supportive family that understands this than to have one that doesn't.



Threnody posted 8/21/2013 16:33 PM

It's a very strong trait in my family, but it was absolutely foreign to Mr. T. When our kids started doing this, he came to me for advice on it. I told him just react as if they'd said the sky was blue and don't think out loud about it in front of them and make them self-conscious.

Tapper did it again a day or so ago at the supper table. Mr. T nodded and said, "It's cool you get this feeling. What do you think will happen?" and Tapper just rattled on. I was proud of Mr. T. It can't be easy on him to be the only muggle in this family.

Clarrissa posted 8/21/2013 16:49 PM

I think it's cool you're so matter of fact about it. It's said all children have "the juju" but the vast majority get "talked out of it" by adults and peers telling them it's their imagination or they just got lucky.

If you and/or your son is curious, try keeping a record of her "juju episodes" to see how often she's right. You may be surprised.

lynnm1947 posted 8/22/2013 13:53 PM

I keep a record of all my own "episodes" and I'm right more often than not. In fact, I can't think of one time when I was wrong. Because I grew up with a grandmother whose family had "it", I never felt strange about it even as a child. But I have learned to not speak of it too much in muggle circles (thanks for the phrase, Thren Potter!) because it either a) scares the crap out of people or b) they think you are mentally ill and hearing voices.

BTW, my son doesn't seem to have it, but my daughter does. I have it but my sister and two brothers don't. No one from my grandmother's bunch of kids seem to have had it. My grandmother and one of her sisters had it, but her other sister didn't. Pretty selective stuff! Wonder which gene is responsible.

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 1:55 PM, August 22nd (Thursday)]

Clarrissa posted 8/22/2013 16:49 PM

I think I accept it because one of my aunts was uncannily accurate when it came to predicting the sex of a baby of a family member. She "guessed" right on all four of one of my sisters even when the ultrasound said the opposite. (In order) my aunt said boy, boy, girl, boy and that was the order. The ultrasound OTOH, said girl, girl, boy and indeterminate. The last one she predicted (my GS2) she got wrong but she *is* getting up in age and she said she wasn't sure.

I myself have had at least one instance of knowing something I couldn't have known, in detail. When my (now) H was stationed in Colorado and he'd tell me he had leave I'd always know if he could make the trip to Ohio.

lynnm1947 posted 8/23/2013 08:51 AM

I've had too many episodes to not believe it exists, including "seeing" my co-worker get breast cancer, leave work and me doing some of her work. I found a way the next day to chat about breast self-exams and yep, she discovered a lump. Surgery and chemo later, she's OK. Many, many more like that.

When everyone said Kate would have a girl, I said, "Nope. Boy!" Now that was just a 50-50 chance, which I consider pretty elementary. There have been more difficult calls than that! I'm notorious in family circles.

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