was the summer of 1975. I was 10 years old then, soon to
be 11. My girlfriend Sandy had invited Claudette and
Serene (sisters) and myself to spend the night in a tent
in her backyard.
Sandy also had a swimming pool which we played in
that evening after we had set up our sleeping bags in
the tent. As always we tied the rubber dinghy to the
stairs in the swimming pool when we finished our swim.
was still light enough to see clearly as we changed into
our pyjamas in the tent. I wore a nightie which buttoned
up in front. Sandy had shown us the pretty picture on her new pyjamas
which we all admired. Because of Sandy’s dog, Lady, who
was 14 years old, there was a strict rule to keep the
gate shut at all times. We all loved Lady and understood
it could be dangerous for the dog if we ever left the
gate open, so we had always respected that rule. That
night, as usual, Lady slept inside the house.
getting dressed we all came outside the tent to hang our
bathing suits and towels on the clothesline. We were
standing outside the tent talking when Serene pointed
towards the gate and said in an alarmed voice "There's a
man standing by the gate!" We all turned and looked
towards the gate.
There was no man there anymore.
One of us then said, "The gate is open!" which
we all noticed. Serene said again, "I saw a man standing
there, I did." Strangely we all just turned around and
went inside the tent and laid down. Then Serene said, "I
think it might have been a dog that I saw." With that we
went to sleep.
is so odd that we were unconcerned that there was a man
standing there and the gate was open.
That simply wasn't normal behaviour for us.
We were typical 10 and 11 year old girls.
Normally we would have run into the house to tell
Sandy's Parents there is some weirdo watching us.
It would have given us quite a scare normally,
but this wasn't a normal evening.
next morning when we awoke, Sandy stood up and said, "My
Pyjamas are inside out!" Instinctively I looked down and I
discovered my nightie was also inside out. I remembered
buttoning up my nightie the night before and I thought,
'how is it possible for me to button up my nightie while
it is inside out, especially without realizing it?' "Mine
is inside out too!" I said.
Sandy said, "I know I put my Pyjamas on properly
last night. Remember me showing you guys the picture on
it?" Claudette's and Serene's clothes were not inside out
though. Sandy and I were shocked and confused looking at
each other in disbelief.
How on earth did our clothes get inside out?" we
wondered. Claudette was annoyed.
"Come on you guys, knock it off.
I woke up in the middle of the night and you
weren't here. 1 know you're joking around." "What?!
You woke up and we weren't here!?
Are you SERIOUS!?" Claudette told us she woke up
and the porch light was on and we were gone, so she
figured we must have gone into the house to use the
this time Sandy and I were looking at each other with our
mouths hanging open and our eyes popping out, and at the
same time laughing. We were a little hysterical.
went outside and found the rubber dinghy floating freely
in the pool. Sandy's and my bathing suits and towels
were wet, but Claudette's and Serene's were dry. The
gate was now closed. All these observations Sandy and I
were making were just causing Claudette and Serene to
become more fed up with what they thought was some silly
charade we were putting on for them. We tried
unsuccessfully to convince them that it was no joke.
Sandy and I became frustrated from begging them
to believe us and we just shook our heads and laughed at
our ridiculous situation. (To this day Claudette and
Serene still don't believe that we didn't try to set the
whole thing up.)
the two of us we carefully went over everything that had
happened the night before, step by step. (This is why I
still remember such details as buttoning up my nightie,
finally concluded that the man Serene saw hypnotized us
into going for a swim in our sleep. We could think of no
other explanation. Since then whenever Sandy and I have
bumped into each other we always say "Remember that
time.... ? Wasn't that weird?!"
recently my husband John had read 'Transformation' and we
were discussing the Aliens and peoples' experiences with
them. The subject of that night when four of us slept in a
tent came up. I always knew that whole evening was quite
peculiar, but for the first time it dawned on me just how
strange it was. And especially strange that we went to bed
unconcerned after Serene said she saw a man standing by
the gate and we had all noticed the gate was open. It was
also the first time I even considered that possibly we had
been abducted. Who knows what really happened? Maybe we
just got caught in an episode of 'The Twilight Zone'