This woman’s supernatural story will surely bring a smile to your face. She posted on Reddit, wondering if anyone could help her make sense of what she’d just experienced.
A Strange Occurrence
The Original Poster (OP), a proud mom to her 18-month-old son, had just experienced something strange on her evening walk.
While strolling through the neighborhood, she and her son decided to take a different route.
Her little boy, who loves nature, picked up a rock and a stick to carry with him. He held them tightly, refusing to drop or give them away, and was very shy around strangers.
A Man Appeared
As they were walking, OP stopped to show her son some flowers, and they sat on the curb.
Suddenly, an older man in his 80s approached them and asked if they could wait for a minute.
A Gift From a Stranger
OP agreed, and the man disappeared briefly before returning with a single sprig of lavender from his garden.
The man went to hand the lavender to the little boy, and OP got ready to intervene since her son never accepted anything from strangers.
However, to her utter shock, her son reached out and took the lavender from the man’s hand.
Even more surprisingly, the little boy put out his hand and dropped his stick and rock into the man’s hand, much to OP’s amazement.
A Strange Connection
As the little boy smelled the lavender, the man’s eyes started filling up with tears.
OP was stunned as her son had never done anything like this before. Then, her son started making sounds he had never made, such as “strruuuuhh” and “strrrr.”
For the life of her, she couldn’t figure out why he suddenly became so eager to make those sounds.
A Familiar Name
OP introduced herself and her son to the older man and asked for his name.
He replied, “Sterling,” and she was shocked – her son practically said his name 20 times before she even asked!
OP was so freaked out by what happened that she went home.
Her son was still holding onto the lavender, smelling it, smiling, and in heaven.
He’s an Old Soul
OP has had multiple strangers stop her on the street since her son was just a few months old, telling her that he was an old soul.
She had heard it at least ten times before her son could even talk.
Out of Character
OP was left wondering how to make sense of what had just happened.
She couldn’t believe that her son had suddenly started accepting things from strangers and making new sounds. It was all so strange and out of character for him.
She couldn’t stop thinking about what had happened all day and decided to do some research.
Strangely, she discovered that lavender is often associated with spiritual and mystical properties.
It’s thought to promote healing, relaxation, and spiritual awareness.
More to It
OP couldn’t help but wonder if there was something more to this encounter with Sterling and the lavender sprig.
As she pondered this mysterious occurrence, OP couldn’t help but feel grateful for the kind older man who had given her son the lavender.
It seemed like a special moment and one that she would never forget.
Maybe her son was an old soul, as many strangers had told her before. Who knows what the future holds for this little boy, but one thing is for sure: he is full of surprises.
Is There More Than Meets the Eye?
It’s easy to dismiss these kinds of experiences as mere coincidences or products of overactive imaginations. However, there may be more to them than meets the eye.
Many people believe in the power of the universe and that fate wills certain events to happen. Maybe the meeting between the boy and the man was predetermined and will profoundly impact the boy’s life.
Redditors loved this woman’s story. One user said, “There’s something magical about very young children interacting with much older adults. They seem to understand each other in ways we don’t truly understand.”
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