Family rents a Airbnb room: inside, they find a painting of their young son
May 05, 2023
How would you react if, while on vacation, you come across a disturbing and mysterious coincidence? That's the question that Jennie Stevenson asked herself after having had a strange experience at a countryside Airbnb.
Jennie shared a post on Twitter about how she discovered a portrait by a Swedish artist who lived about a century ago - and how it was the spitting image of her 8-year old son, Barney. So how did Jennie react to this? Let's find out together...
Jennie told the story about the strange coincidence involving her son Barney on their journey back from vacationing in the mountains. "We took a break at an Airbnb in the countryside because the kids were getting tired and were fighting in the car," explained Jennie. The Stevenson family, who live in Sweden, checked into an Airbnb cottage and explored the place.
Jennie was a bit disturbed by the fact that the guest bedroom was padlocked from the outside. But even more disturbing was what her daughter discovered: while the family were having dinner 11-year-old Morty noticed a portrait on the wall painted by Carl Larsson, a Swedish artist who died in 1919. "My daughter, Morty, pointed it out to me and said, 'Mommy, look! There's Barney on the wall dressed as a girl!'".
Everyone agreed that the little girl in the portrait was identical to their son. "He always makes that face when I ask him to smile for a photo. The girl in the painting has the same intense, serious look Barney gets," Jennie commented. Jennie tweeted a photo of Barney alongside the portrait and wrote: "We arrived at an isolated B&B and found a painting of a little girl who looks exactly like our young son. This is absolutely not spooky in any way," Jennie said jokingly.
Someon superimposed the two images and showed how the faces were practically identical and commented on Jenny's post: "Can't you get out of there?". Jennie, however, said she was amused by the bizarre resemblance and not at all really frightened: "We are rational people, we don't believe in these things", she joked.
The story went around the web and aroused curiosity and amusement. But is there a rational explanation for this coincidence or is it something more?