Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Current Ghost Story


I have asked my daughter to allow me to use a post she had written on another site regarding the paranormal activity she has been experiencing for a couple of years now. This incident occurred just the other night, and I thought it fitting for Halloween. She moves out in a few days, and in her, and her husband's mind, - it can't be soon enough. They have experienced knocking, banging, whispers, and my daughter has experienced physical hits to her body. She has felt someone sitting next to her on the bed in the middle of the night, and covers being pulled off of her and her family. A few weeks ago she heard a very definite "Get Out!" She said it sounded loud, as if someone were shouting. It woke her up.

They always sleep with their son between them. I have talked with several people about this, and I have it on good authority that my daughter may be psychic, able to see things that we cannot. I do know that these things started when she was a teenager, right after one of her boyfriends died in a car crash.

My personal thoughts are that old houses, and this one is over 100 years old, can have energy left over, and that if traumatic events occur in the house, it can have residue from these events. Of course, we have no idea what might have happened in the last 100 years since the house has been occupied. But it has a very weird staircase that scares the stuffing out of me. They are extremely steep, and wooden. I worry constantly about someone falling. The upper banister is very low - not what you would call "code" in any way! It is only about three feet tall, and anyone could just stumble and go over the banister to the wooden stairs below!

There is a very old man that lives next door, he's lived there since he was a young, working man, with a young family. One day we were chatting about the neighborhood, and he mentioned the stairs, saying he thought they were dangerous. He mentions this right out of the blue!

So do the stairs have something to do with the "haunting"? Could the ghost be trying to warn them before someone falls? Maybe their toddler? You tell me.

Anyway, here is my daughter's story from a few nights ago:


Anyway, the other night we had some paranormal activity. It was a weird, restless night. I FELT something there from early on in the evening when I was sitting in bed doing homework- and I ignored it. I am really past the point of being afraid of energy or entities (at least those that hang around my house) because they have never done anything to harm me. The worst they have done is try to get my attention which can startle and frighten me a little- but now I am accepting of it.

So I am laying in bed, awake, as I tend to do and my son is suddenly extremely restless. He starts crying and doing his writhing around on the bed thing and he keeps saying "No, NO
NONONONONONONO NO NO NO NO No NO NONO" (you get the idea). This was different from when he has night terrors though because he was communicating with me- he wasn't in a trance state, he was conscious. When he was saying this I could feel the energy in the room growing... eventually he changed what he was saying and started saying "Stairs. STAIRS. STAIRS. STAIRS. STAIRS. DOWN STAIRS. STAIRS. STAIRS! STAIRS! STAIRS!"

That
creeped me right the freak out. After about 20-30 minutes I finally got him to calm down and lay down with me. That is when I heard it.

We have very old doors and door knobs in our house. They are metal and they make a
squeaking sound when you turn them. Earlier in the night I had latched the door because my son is now big enough to get out of bed and make a run for it if he wants. Anyway, I heard the door knob turn and then the door SLAMMED. I screamed and sat up clutching Coleton to me. The door was open a crack.

"WHAT WAS THAT?!!" I asked my husband.

He suggested that it was the DOG- but I could CLEARLY see the dog across the room, curled up on her bed. It was NOT the dog. This was at 5:00 in the morning and there was nobody else up in our house. There were no doors or windows open anywhere that could have created a "suction" effect and I knew it.
I demanded that Erick turn on the light and he did and I SWEAR I could see something move through the room. It makes me feel crazy when I try to explain to people that I can see energy, but I just can. It's almost like a shimmer in the air... but shimmer is not the right word. In any case, the SHIMMER came and stood next to the bed and I told Erick where it was and he said he could not see anything. I told it to GET AWAY FROM ME. GET AWAY FROM MY SON AND STAY AWAY FROM US.

It left.

I didn't feel like staying in that room so we all got up and went downstairs and started our day... early.
Ever since that night I have been sleeping like a BABY and haven't felt anything there. I guess it listened, right?

Or maybe I am crazy. Either way- we move out in two weeks...
Sayanara ghosts.

49 comments:

GYPSYWOMAN said...

wonderful "spirited" [literally and figuratively] story! none of the spirits in my little bungalow ever frightened me - but their presence did bother other people who were there - but i think that these people simply didn't see things quite the same way i do! :)

neat story!

The Good Cook said...

Just two weeks ago I visited the Miles Winery in Upstate NY. They have several "documented" ghosts and even produce a wine called "Ghost Wine"... the owners have been told by a mystic that the spirits of the house are aware of them and are "protecting" them and the home... interesting theory you have about the spirits in Jen's place actually warning and/or protecting them from the staircase...

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

That is so creepy... I'm so happy she is finally moving out of that spooky place.
I'm going to catch up on your blog soon! I'm enjoying my husband before he has to go back to work.

ellen abbott said...

My sister sees ghosts, has for at least 20 years. They are usually hanging out around the dining room table but she has seen them in her bedroom as well.

Brian Miller said...

creepy! move out to get a good nights sleep..i do love a good ghost story though. smiles.

Nancy said...

Gypsy - I think some people are very sensitive to psychic energy. I am not one of them, but I do believe you may be. And I am beginning to believe my daughter may also be.

Good Cook - I have never felt anything ghost-like when I have been there, even the few times I was alone when my daughter was in the hospital. But I absolutely HATE the stairs and the bannister. If my grandson was to go over them, I am sure he would not survive the fall. The stairs are why she latched the door to her bedroom. They never allow him to run around alone near the staircase. I am grateful they are moving!

Phoebe - I'm sure you are very busy with your move! Enjoy your time together!

Ellen - Isn't it funny how some people can see these things, and others cannot?

Brian - I'm crossing my fingers this will stop with the move.

GooseBreeder said...

Sorry your daughter has been frightened but looks as if she has it figured. You might like to suggest she talks kindly to the entities and ask them to leave the family in peace for their remaining time in the house.Quietly being in control usually does the trick.

Sylvia said...

I would put those baby doors at the top and at the bottom of the stairs. As to the ghost, pray for him. He seems well intentioned.

Nancy said...

mitGoose - Thanks, good advice!

Sylvia - They do have some at the top of the stairs, but the bannister is so low that I worry someone might trip and fall over them. There is a door at the bottom that is always closed, with one of those little things that go over door knobs so babies can't open them. Ghaaaa - I'm so glad they are moving!

Nancy said...

Sylvia - Praying for them is a very good idea. It does seem well-intentioned once I get past the terror my daughter has felt over the last couple of years. It's all in how you look at things, isn't it?

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, my!!!! I am sure your daughter is very happy to be moving...I pray that their new home is much more peaceful!!!! A very appropos Halloween post...although a little unsettling...what an experience for your daughter!!! Love you, Janine XO

Natalie said...

I am worried about the stairs too, Nancy. I am so glad Jen has the wisdom to keep little Coleton safe. Only two more weeks, lets pray they pass peacefully.xx♥

Emom said...

Wow!
what a great read on Halloween!
thank you....
I am sending good karma to your daughter and family...smiles.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Wow! This is a great post. I see things sometimes too. There are times when I feel creeped out, but mostly I just accept the presence of the energy, the enitity, whatever you call it. I'm glad they are moving, especially since the stair case in their home is spooky and dangerous.

I heard someone say once, that houses are haunted, people are. that some people just attract them no matter what type of house they live in or how many times they move.


Very interesting.

Gaia said...

I guess ghosts are every where, on the streets as you walk they are there, everywhere! Its just that we cannot see them. I am glad I do not have the ability to see them, think I would freak out. But if your daughter has the ability to see them, she might not be able to run away from the rest out there. She might have to learn to handle this gift without going crazy.

Nancy said...

Sniffles - Only a few more days - thank goodness.

Natalie - Lots of things point to the stairs. Synchronicity?

Emom - Thanks for the good karma. :-)

Jarie - You, too? Wow, you have such a good attitude about it.
We are all wondering the same thing. This house is new or newly remodeled. I'm crossing my fingers.

Mental P Mama said...

Wow. I have seen things, too. Never here in Connecticut, where I have lived for 20 years. But lots in Tennessee. I'm glad "it" listened...

Bogey said...

I guess there are just some things, explainable or not, that you just do not want to mess with. Mind you, it would be interesting if we could have some kind of controlled connection to the here-after. I would love to "talk" to those family members who have departed. Especially my grandfather whom I have never met. Nice Halloweeny touch Nancy!

Nancy said...

Gaia - I know. Wow. As a mother, I don't know quite how I feel about that!

Nancy said...

Mental Mama - You, too??

Nancy said...

Bogey - I have always been of the same mind. I have never wanted to talk to any of them, though. If they are my dearly departed family, they know I'm a fraidy cat, they would never haunt me. :-)

TheChicGeek said...

Really interesting, Nancy. I do believe that there are spirits that can stay on and not pass to the next world. Your daughter was right to be firm with them. My good friend had a similar experience and she yelled at the spirit, "Get out of here!" and she could feel it leave.

Happy Halloween, Nancy!

Pam said...

Wow. Your daughter is very brave. If anything even remotely scary like that happened to me, I'd be out of there in a heartbeat.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Oh...she is quite the brave young woman! I do believe that houses have 'souls' that seem to live or relive for what ever reason. Having always lived in an old house, I can say that ours must all have happy memories as we have never had visitors! I think it is quite interesting that your daughter has the sensitivity to psychic energy!

DJan said...

This is a perfect post for Halloween. I wish I didn't believe in this stuff, because I find it to be really spooky, and I'm easily swayed to believe... I hope this does not follow her to her new home. Really.

Nancy said...

Chic - Very spooky! Supposedly you are supposed to tell them to leave, but she had tried that several times. This last time, with the slamming door, may have been the end to it. One can only hope.

Pam - I'm with you!

Alicia - I look back and she never started mentioning "faces" until the incident in high school. She had moments of being terrified during that time. It was a difficult time for her - and us. I think that may have been some sort of turning point - if she is indeed pyschic.

DJan - Me too. Believe me! Her new home is all quite new, and a happy little family is vacating. We hope for the best. But the whole thing has forced me to look at things a little differently. You can tell your small children it's their imagination - not so much with children in their twenties.

susan said...

I've lived in a number of old houses without ever having that kind of problem but I believe you're right that certain events can be replayed from the psychic realm. I've definitely been in a few houses I was reluctant to return to. Good luck to the next family that moves into that house. maybe she should leave a note.

The Redhead Riter said...

Double, double toil and trouble;
fire burn and cauldron bubble.
~ Shakespeare "Macbeth"~

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


I do not like being scared!!!! LOL

Marlene said...

Older homes do have alot of energy.I think once you have this ability to sense energy as your daughter does...it never goes away..moving won't change it..she needs to learn to control it and live with it.its really all around us...learning to turn it off is so important.

Nancy said...

susan - They have rented to several people who live in the house now. They don't seem to have the same problem.

Redhead Riter - I don't either, LOL!

Marlene - I guess finding out how to do that is the trick.

Linda Pendleton said...

Obviously your daughter does have the ability to feel and see spirit. I would suggest she have a nice conversation and explain to the entity that he/she has to move on into the light. It is probably a spirit that has some kind of connection to the house, maybe a former occupant.

She might also let the spirit know they will be leaving soon so please do nothing to scare them with noise and appearances. I wonder why the dog slept through it rather than noticing the presence. Maybe he's familiar with having it around.

And a lot of people see spirit energy.

Nancy said...

Linda - Thanks, you've helped me feel better. It was suggested to me that the slamming door could have been indicative of an "ending". She did say she has been sleeping better after this incident.

Marguerite said...

I lived with a ghost in a previous house for 20 years! She loved me as long as I was caring for the home, as she did. She would occasionally move things and appear to me, mostly in the attic. But when I started packing to move back to Louisiana, she started doing some strange things. Broken china, a clock flying off the wall, etc. So, I understand how scary it can be. Hope that your daughter finds peace in her new home! Hugs!

Nancy said...

Marguerite - Wow. And that didn't scare you? I loved how you just lived with her for 20 years!

Lydia said...

Your daughter writes well; what she has experienced isn't easy to describe. I wonder if they own or rent that house...
Our home will be 100 years in 2010 or 2017, depending upon which record we use. When we first moved in 11 years ago we both were touched while standing at the sink in the bathroom. The touch I received was a strong pressure on my shoulder, a loving touch. We've felt a "presence" from time to time since then, my husband more than I and when he was in the back yard. We sense nothing negative and aren't afraid.

When I was in junior and high school in Reno we lived in Steamboat, basically in the middle of a field. The family attended a Baptist church in Reno and we became close to the minister and his family. Their little four-year-old boy was especially fond of me and my sis and everyone was so worried when he had open heart surgery in San Francisco. One night the whole family was asleep and I was wakened by a bright blue light in my room, unlike any light I've ever seen. It filled every corner of the room that became ablaze with light. Then a shadow walked across my bedroom wall opposite my bed. I screamed in sheer fright and woke up my parents. Stepfather took a flashlight outside and went around the house but of course there was nothing and no one there. My mother sat up in the kitchen with me afterward, as I cried and begged the person never to visit me again. She had had episodes when she was young so didn't doubt me at all, especially when I described the shape of the head that I knew was Timmy (the minister's boy whose little head was pronounced in the back of the skull). The next morning my parents received a phone call from our minister's wife. Timmy had died on the operating table during surgery and they were bringing his body back on the train from San Francisco to Reno the night before...when Timmy visited me.
I've felt badly in the years since for my demands to never come back because he was just a little boy, but basically am glad he didn't return.

Ruth said...

I didn't read all the comments, but I need clarification - is this your house too? I wasn't sure.

I agree with your word 'residue' - I think that's what ghosts are, psychological residue.

Our house is 100 years old too, and when an esoteric healer friend visited she said she could never live in an old house -- too many personalities crowded in.

Nishant said...

visited the Miles Winery in Upstate NY. They have several "documented" ghosts and even produce a wine called "Ghost Wine". Work From Home

Nishant said...

am worried about the stairs too, Nancy. I am so glad Jen has the wisdom to keep little Coleton safe. Work From Home

Nancy said...

Lydia - Wow, the little boy came by to say goodbye. I have had instances in my life where I think I have felt a presence, but not to my daughter's extent. And it started after her friend R died in high school in a car crash. Her school was so strange - Galena High School has at least one death of a student every year - and has since it's inception! Usually a senior. If you lived at Steamboat, you would have gone to Galena (had it been there then), as it is just up the Mt. Rose highway a bit.

Ruth - No it is not our house. My daughter's husband originally bought it with his first wife, then bought her out of the house when they divorced. They have now rented it out, room by room. They are moving this week to another place that they rented, for just the three of them. I agree with too many personalities and old houses, for people that are sensitive to them. Which is what my daughter appears to be.

Nishant - So funny about the Ghost Wine - I wonder if it tastes good? As for the stairs, I do agree everything seems to pointing in that direction. The low bannister is so dangerous for a busy little boy. I won't miss this house.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Glad you posted this one, Nancy. Bye-bye, ghosties!

Nancy said...

Trish & Rob - I certainly hope so!

Marguerite said...

It was a little scary, at first, but I loved the big house and figured I would have to share it or leave. She was very benign until I started to leave. I still own this house and a close family member now lives there, who does not believe in ghosts.
Growing up, one of my best friends grandmother's house was totally haunted. The ghosts were friendly, his great-great grandparents, who originally built the house and both died there of natural causes. They never left!! They would open and close doors, pour drinks, etc. I saw this and many other strange things, while visiting there, as a child.

Hilary said...

Gulp! Where's the campfire? Where's the wide-eyed flashlight in your face? Where's the "just kidding.. it's only a story?" Where's a change of clothes, please? ;)

Seriously, your daughter's tales are similar to a few others I've heard from folks I know. I'm far less skeptical than I sound. Of course that might be difficult to hear over my knees knocking. ..

Nancy said...

Marguerite - Fascinating. When we lived in Minneapolis/St. Paul my husbands work took us on a tour of haunted houses in St. Paul on Halloween. We also visited a grave yard. There is something eerie about old cites and old houses.

Hilary - I feel the same way, believe me. What I don't know can't hurt me, right?

Rain said...

That's interesting Nancy. I watch all the paranormal shows and I don't doubt for one moment that energies are left over where people spent good times or were taken suddently and/or violently. I wish all the best to your daughter and her family.

Nancy said...

Rain - Thank you.

Land of shimp said...

Hello Nancy :-) Please let your daughter know that she isn't nuts. We don't really understand much about how much our brains are capable. Perhaps she just has a very open spiritual eye, but I firmly believe that some people are more attuned than others to energies.

What a frightening experience she had. I think she did the right thing, speaking aloud.

In June we moved to our present house, and still have our old one, where we lived for ten years. Something lived in that house with us, although I'm not sure what, I do know that it appeared to like us, and was very protective of us. Countless people walked into that house and just LOVED it. Said they felt so safe, and secure. Strange things would happen, and people other than me did see, and hear things. I never really had that kind of direct, visual contact, but then, I told the presence long ago that I didn't want to see it. Just spoke aloud to the room one night, when I was up late, on the computer, I felt I wasn't alone, and simply said, "Please don't frighten me. Seeing you would frighten me. I love this house, and you know that, so please don't ever try to scare me."

Years later we redid the kitchen and the bathroom (we'd previously added onto the 1912 house, so renovation wasn't a new thing), and we had to strip those walls down to the studs. This seemed to really make our ghostly presence come to life. Things started getting moved. Visitors saw a man. My husband and son heard voices and then my son's room went nuts. My son was eighteen at the time, and he was very used to the fact that something lived in his room with him. He was never afraid of it, but suddenly, he started burning through alarm clocks, and they would go off at weird times. We replaced his clock. At one point he had three clocks going off at different times.

So I waited for everyone to be out of the house, and feeling like a moron, I had another chat with my house. "Listen, I take very good care of you, house. Everything we've done to this house means that when we leave, a family will come here. A family will want you again. I've made sure that even when we leave, nice people are going to want this house. But you cannot frighten my son, and if you keep doing that? I will find a way to make you leave. I don't want to, but I will. So you need to stop."

And it did. Then we bought our house now, and planned to turned that house into a rental (there are very good, nice tenants in our house who take very good care of it). Well, I guess I hurt the houses feelings ...because my son's alarm clocks freaked out again...when he wasn't home.

It was mid morning, I was working on my computer, and my son (who had been awoken by those alarms -- he needs three -- was at school) clearly he hadn't set them to go off three hours after he left. Once again, I addressed the house. "I promise, I will never let any bad people into this house." but I was a little creeped out as I approached my son's door and said, "I'll turn that off later. Unless you'd like to be a good sport and turn them off for me." Some weird amount of time passed, not a round number, and again I called out "Don't suppose you could turn those off, please?" (they'd been going off for a couple of hours).

Ten minutes later, I realized I wasn't trying to drown out the sound of the alarms in order to be able to work. They had turned off.

Just saying, never hurts to authoritatively tell whatever is there what you want. In my experience (dealing with our house protector) it didn't hurt to politely ask, either :-)

I always feel nuts when I tell people that story, because it sounds so out there...but it happened. There is much we do not understand in our world, and even about concepts such as time.

I'm glad your daughter told her ...energy, entity...whatever it may be to cut it out, and if it ever bothers her again? Tell her to give it WHAT FOR in no uncertain terms.

Nancy said...

Shimp - Wow! I like your spirit (no pun intended!) I do think houses have certain "presences", I know this one that we are in feels very healing. The person we bought the condo from had a renter in it for a year before we bought it. One day, as we were moving in, she stopped by and said it was the most healing place you had ever lived in. In fact, she would have bought it but her divorce settlement hadn't come through yet. She said in one year that she lived here her mother died, and she got a divorce after many, many years of marriage. She was convinced this place was special - mainly because all you can hear is water running past from the stream behind the unit. Anyway, we feel the same way about the place. Warm, cozy and a respite. So I do understand feelings in dwellings.

We also had a very weird time of slamming doors and mysterious goings on when my daughter lost a dear friend in a car accident when she was in high school. Here is the post:
http://lifeinthesecondhalf.blogspot.com/2009/03/ghost-story.html

Jeninacide said...

Thank you everyone for all of your kind thoughts and good energy! We move out of the house tomorrow and we can't wait, although I am definitely having some separation anxiety regarding leaving our home, AND our spirits. I am beginning to think that we are abandoning her/them.