Please excuse the long post but I have been experiencing some strange things in my neighborhood and I would like some insight on them. I really don't know where to begin with everything but I'm pretty sure it all ties in together. When I was a kid I had an "imaginary" friend that I played with in the woods. I couldn't see him most of the time but I was very aware of him. He told me he could teach me to listen to animal's thoughts. Eventually I became pretty aware of them. My mom said I would do odd things like petting bees or just sitting in the yard for long periods without moving. I was aware that this "friend" wasn't human but he was neither good or bad but he was intelligent. I had dreams for many years while living at home that this creature visited the basement of my mom's house from time to time and had a strange feeling that it wanted me to stay with it in the basement. As the years passed I had began to dismiss this friend as my imagination but kept the awareness that came with that friendship. During these years I had moved away from the neighborhood my mom has told me that about once a week for about two decades, she has seen a small boy in her room holding a bouquet of dried flowers. Sometimes, instead of a boy, she sees a taller man with red eyes, a small deer or lynx like cat. She believes these entities are presenting themselves as Carpatho-Rusyn (her nationality) in nature and are trying to get some sort of message across. A few years ago I was lucky enough to buy a house across the street from my childhood home. Since I moved back here I've had an intense draw to the woods and my awareness of this thing has returned. When I took my spirit box into the woods I almost immediately got an EVP "Bobby, I see you". Recently, my son was at a bonfire in the neighbor's yard, late at night and SIX kids watched a little boy come out of the woods and try to get on my tree swing. After the kids watched this child struggle to get on the swing the kids got the courage up to see who it was and the boy hid behind the neighbor's shed. When they went around the shed to try to find him he took off into the woods at a super fast speed. I asked the dad who was there and he thought he saw the same thing but thought it was an adult but when I mentioned the kids seeing a little boy he said they saw a little boy in their house for about a year after buying their house. They even asked the neighbors if a child had died in the area and nobody could recall a death. Here is where things have been becoming a little unnerving. My son confided in me yesterday that the boy he saw in the yard the other night has been coming to him in his dreams and telling him he can teach him to talk to animals. I never shared any of my experiences as a kid with him. Recently, my wife and I have also seen what we can only describe as "soot sprites" (little black orbs) leaving my son's room and going across the hall into the bathroom. There is no way this is a mouse. I've checked the bathroom on more than one occasion and there is nowhere for it to go in there. I did a cleansing of our home yesterday and I think it was successful for now. I just think everything I experienced as a kid, everything my mom has been experiencing with the shadow kid, shadow man, and animals, the boy my neighbors have been seeing, and the boy my son has been seeing are all connected. I really don't feel like this is a human spirit since it is taking a variety of forms and the listening to animals aspect but I don't feel it is evil either. Could this be an elemental spirit or something else? Any insight as to what may be going on would be very much appreciated. Thank you!