By: Jazmine Wells
I have a nephew named Jordan, who is now six years old. At the age of two, Jordan had a very impressive vocabulary for someone of his age, and even at six years old, some of the things that he says still shock me. Jordan understands things very well, and is able to hold very deep conversations with both adults and other children. At two, Jordan was able to operate the television correctly, as well as correctly operate video game systems and DVD players, things that usually kids aren’t able to do correctly until they are much older than two. Jordan lives with his mother, and she didn’t teach Jordan how to operate the television or DVD player at age two, or how to work a game system (because she herself did not know anything about video games). Jordan somehow knew how to do these things on his own. He knows a lot about technology, including computers and cellphones. At three, he knew how to operate an iPhone correctly, and he now has an iPhone of his own, in which he himself created a passcode for the iPhone and remembers. He also knows how to text. When Jordan was two, I remember my sister Tiffany (Jordan’s mother) telling him to go clean his room. Jordan replied by saying, “Mom, I cannot clean my room. The arthritis in my back is killing me,” and then he placed his hand on his back and began squint his eyes in pain. Tiffany looked at him, with eyes bulging out of her head in amazement. Arthritis is usually something that people much, much older than Jordan tend to experience. Not only that, taking into consideration that no one on this side of the family has arthritis, and that Jordan was too young to be in school, where could he have heard such a thing? How did he know how to correctly use the term “arthritis” in this context, and then to display the corresponding body language to this statement? This incident made me think about something…
A few weeks ago, I went home and I watched this show called “The Ghost within My Child”. The show interviewed families that believed their children lived “past lives.” I know this may sound ridiculous, but let me explain. There were a few stories that aired on this show, but there was one that I remember the most. In this episode, there was a 3-year-old causation boy named Luke. Luke was a smart little boy that spoke very well for his age, and like my nephew Jordan, was able to hold very deep and descriptive conversations with both adults and children. Luke’s mother, however, was worried about him. Luke often spoke about being a woman named Pam in his previous life. Luke’s parents didn’t believe him because children are creative, and tend to make things up, however, Luke’s parents notice that their son never stops speaking of Pam.
One day, Luke and his mother were decorating. She posted a sticker on the window and asked her Luke to give it a name. Luke named the sticker “Pam”, and seems to name almost everything that requires a name “Pam”. Luke always had some sort of attachment to this name. A few days later Luke and his mother were watching the news, and the September 11th attack had just happened. They were showing the burning buildings on the television, and Luke became upset, telling his mother he did not want to watch the news anymore. He then began to speak as if he had been in a fire. Luke’s mother then asks Luke how would he know about such a fire? Luke then said that Pam, his previous self, jumped out of a burning building and died. He then said that he went to heaven, but then God pushed him back down to earth to be a little boy. At this point, the mother was afraid, but curious. She then asked “What town did you die in?”, and Luke replied “Chicago”. She knew that this story had to have some truth to it. How could a little 3-year-old make all this up?
Luke’s mother started to do research of fires that occurred in Chicago. His mother comes across something: a woman named “Pamela” who had died in a hotel fire. The mother also found out that many people had jumped out of the burning hotel, and others were rescued from window ledges. She went to Luke and asked him “What did you look like when you were Pam?”, and Luke told her that he had brown skin and black hair. It turned out that the same Pamela that died in that fire was black, and lived in a predominantly black neighborhood. The mother printed out several pictures of the women that were involved in the fire and asked Luke if he recognized any of the pictures. Luke pointed to one of the pictures and said “That’s Pam”. Luke’s father (who had been blowing off the whole idea that this could be true) was speechless at that point. In reality, how could a 3-year-old boy know about things that occurred years ago in a totally different state than the one in which he lived? What is even more unsettling is that everything that Luke claimed to be true, actually happened, and a woman whom he claimed to be actually died in the same way that he supposedly died in his previous life. Was there really a ghost within this child?
This series really made me think about my nephew. I won’t say with one hundred percent certainty that my nephew Jordan was another person in his past life, or that he even existed in a past life, but I will definitely say that his behavior and vocabulary at age three, and even now, greatly surpasses that of what the typical vocabulary and behaviors of someone of his age, and of someone at age three is expected to be.