|Ghost fear (Photo credit: @Doug88888)|
It happened again. In the wee hours of yesterday morning I woke up. I expected that it was later than it really was, but when I looked through the darkness at the red-glowing digital numbers on my alarm clock I saw the numbers again--1:11.
After getting up to go to the bathroom and returning to my bed, I lay awake with an unsettled feeling shrouding me. What was it about the time 1:11 AM? With greater frequency over the recent past years I've been awakening at that exact time and noting those red numbers staring back at me. It always seemed like an ominous event. A uncertain message about something coming. Due to happen. I would stare into the shadows of my room with a burden of concern until sleep would again overtake me. But the memory of the event would come back each morning after it happened. Was there any reason for me to be waking at this particular time?
At breakfast I mentioned the waking event to my wife. She's interested in things like this. She said that she had heard on television that many people throughout the world have been reporting having similar experiences of awakening to see triad numerated times--2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55. According to the report that she had seen, this phenomena had something to do with the alignment of the planets. I'm not sure I buy that explanation, but I don't have a better one either.
This triple number time phenomena was something I first started noticing after the tragedy of 9/11. It wouldn't happen every night or even every week, but it started happening enough for me to take notice of it. I seriously doubt that somehow my internal clock was timed so precisely to awaken me with frequency at the exact time of 1:11. Perhaps it was merely a matter of odds and coincidences. As I get older I find myself getting up more often to go to the bathroom. I suppose odds might dictate that I would wake up at that time a certain number of times each month. But why am I so unsettled about the time 1:11. Towers? Triple digits?
The hours between midnight and daybreak have always seemed the eeriest for me. My guess is that this holds true for many of us. There can be a spookiness as dusk closes in. Bare trees silhouetted against a grey darkening sky. Midday as a storm approaches can have an equally fear-inducing quality. But it is the hours of darkness that probably scare most of us to the greatest extent. The early evening hours of darkness are not so bad, but as everyone heads off to bed and the world is asleep, evil can seem to lurk in those blackest of times. Sure, there can be a sense of peace, calm, but there is also the uncertainty.
For me the scariest time of day has become 1:11 AM. Dark, silent, waiting. What could come in that hour? An earthquake? Some medical crisis? A thief in the night? I want sleep to come, but sometimes it doesn't come soon enough. The red numbers on the clock glow like demon eyes.
What time of the day do you think is the scariest? Have you been aware of any three digit clock phenomena? Do you have a theory about people waking up during a three of the same number hour?