I’m working with a Syrian man named Zeyad. Zeyad is a very entertaining and tough guy. While offshore, he survived a helicopter landing on top of him! Not only once but it bounced 3 times pinning him on top of a generator. Because of that I allow him to take all the rest he needs when he says his back hurts... After his incident, they decided it wasn't safe to lift equipment with choppers anymore.
He told me a very bizarre story (in between his rants about American foreign policy, which I will also be forwarding on to you) that I wanted to share.
Many years ago Zeyad’s grandfather died. Before his death, he asked his son (Zeyads father, Mohamed) to never ride a motorcycle again because it had almost killed him before. Mohamed promised his dying father that he would never ride again.
Years later, a 10 year old boy showed up at their house. The boy greeted Zeyads father and said “Hello son! How have you been?” Obviously, Mohamed was confused what the hell this kid was talking about. They brought him inside and talked with him. The young boy claimed to be Mohameds father, and he wanted to come back and see the family and see how they were doing. As people entered the room, he would greet them by name. To prove he was the grandfather the boy began recalling stories from years past, way before this kid was born, and stories that only the family and the deceased grandfather would have known.
This was obviously weird and disturbing, but they didn’t know what to make of it. So off the boy went back home (The boys parents were confused as well). A few weeks later Mohameds brother fell ill at home and had to be rushed to the hospital. Within an hour of his hospitalization, the boy showed up at the hospital to check on “his son”. No one called this boy or informed him that his claimed son was hurt, he just said he sensed it. The boy called the rest of the family, who promptly drove to the hospital. Most of them had no idea who this boy even was that was calling them.
As the family started arriving the boy was waiting outside with most of them. Mohammed arrived a little later, jumped off his motorcycle and came toward them. When he got there the boy reached up and slapped him across the face. Everyone froze and had no idea why this random 10 year old kid would slap an old man. Mohammed asked him what he did that for, to which the boy replied “What did I tell you about riding that motorcycle!?”