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Family Wolves by obiwan [Reviews - 2]

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 04:18:45 -0700
From: "Shena Delian O'Brien" (
Subject: Family Wolves

Family Wolves ---------------

My family has long held a reputation among ourselves for ghostly and mystical occurrences. There's been so many that I could literally fill a book with them! But today I'm going to focus on just one topic, and that's the wolves.

We have a lot of children in our family - my two older sisters and older brother all married young and had 3-4 children apiece. And my sisters' children are the ones who seem most "perceptive" as far as the paranormal.

The first time I remember hearing about "the wolves" is from my sister Diana. She was living down the street from us at the time, in a small, two bedroom house. She was a single mother and her two children, Julia and James, lived with her. Julia was about 4 or 5 at this time, and James was just a baby (around 2). They shared a room directly across from their mother.

Diana came over one day, and told us that in the middle of the night, she had gone to check on the children (she had been watching television and fallen asleep, and when she woke up she decided to check the kids before crawling into bed), and found Julia standing by her window, looking outside. She was a little alarmed, wondering what her daughter could be seeing outside, and why she was out of bed. She went over and touched her and got her attention.

She asked Julia, "What's wrong? Why aren't you in bed?" and the little girl replied, "The wolf was howling and woke me up."

Thinking that Julia must be alluding to the small dog her neighbor kept next door, she smiled and told her to go back to bed. She said not to worry, that it was just the neighbor's dog and next time not to go look out the window because she wouldn't be able to see it anyway. And Julia replied, "No mommy, I saw the man with the big wolf looking in my window and I got up to see what he wanted."

That was frightening! Diana was worried and took a peek outside herself, but saw nothing, of course. Julia didn't seem bothered at all about it, in fact, she seemed quite cheerful in her sleepy state. Diana asked her to describe the man and the wolf.

Julia said the wolf was large and grey, and stood beside this man with dark hair and dark skin, with braids and feathers. She said he was dressed funny, and that they smiled when they saw her and waved and told her to go back to bed now.

Sound like an indian to you? That's what we thought. Wolves are long known to be "protective spirits" in many Amerindian cultures, and my family has indian heritage, although diluted in later generations. Perhaps Julia has a wolfy guardian angel!

This wasn't the last episode of the family wolves, either. Later one time when my other sister's oldest son, Robert, was sitting on my mom's lap when they were visiting, he looked at her shirt (which had a wolf on it) and said in a sing-song voice, "Grandma, that looks just like my wolf-friend that visits me when I sleep!"

=) I believe in Guardian Spirits, do you?

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