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11 June 2020

Ghosts

                                              A TRUE HAPPENING

Hoping you hadn't read this before..... thing is, I am trying to master the ways and means of posting on this new style Blogger. 

It is an old post but one that proves the existence of ghosts. I promise you it is all true.

It came about when someone posted an item about ghosts and asked if anyone had a similar experience. Well I once had a ghost in my house, and the following is a brief description.

My Ghost Story in brief:

Time:              during young son’s infancy
Location:         home, a ground floor flat

First sign:       
Ø  A present given to Jon: a cone thingy that shot table tennis balls into the air.
Ø  Ball falls to the lounge floor and rolls under a chair. Chair’s location was in front of a small radiator affixed to the wall, the other side of which (in kitchen) was the airing cupboard. Immediately moved the chair to retrieve the ball, but it wasn’t there. Searched high and low but couldn’t find it. It’s not often you can say you actually saw something disappear, but I actually watched it go.

Other signs:
Ø  Small items of clothing disappearing from airing cupboard which was situated in the kitchen … adjacent to the radiator on the other side of the wall where the ball disappeared.
Ø  Small toys disappearing from all over the flat.
Ø  An unexplained fruity smell in the kitchen.
Ø  All the above occurred over a seven year period, until Jon went to boarding school. Only during holidays did things go wrong.

Second sign:
Ø  A Christmas gift bottle of sherry from workmates was placed on stereo near television. Curtains were drawn, and the room lit by a single table lamp. Jon and I were sitting on the settee watching a programme when suddenly a shaft of light circled the bottle before hovering over the ceiling then swooping out of the room via the open door. I thought maybe Jon was playing silly whatsits with his watch but he was sprawled out and engrossed in the telly. He wasn’t wearing his watch. That was the only really scary occurrence. I went into the garden to check if someone was there (not afraid of the dark in those days) but there was no-one. There wasn’t even a chink in the curtain so if there had been someone no sighting could be had of the room.

Advice:
Ø  Several years later, a spiritualist husband of a work colleague sent a message to say I should call the ghost’s bluff and ask for the return of the table tennis ball, which was the first thing to go missing. I thought it worth a try so I chose a time when I was alone. Ooooh I did feel a fool talking to thin air and asking for my ball back. Well I did it and there the matter ended. Nothing else disappeared from that moment on.  

Conclusion, months later:
Ø  Talking to neighbour, Joan, she expressed surprise that Jon wasn’t at school. When I told her he was, she said she’d heard him in the garden quite late at night when she herself was out calling for her cat to come in. ‘Come on, Blackie’ she called and a child’s voice said ‘He’s here, Mrs M.’ Interesting! The only child in the area was mine and he was definitely away at school. All the residents were elderly and they never had night time visitors. I told Joan she must have been mistaken, but she was adamant she’d heard a kid out there. I didn’t think about the conversation until later in the day when I went into my garden and found a table tennis ball on the back step.

History of House:
Ø  We later discovered that years before I moved into the house a little girl died there, I cannot remember clearly but I think she died in an accident. Theory goes that her restless spirit returned to play. My son was the first child to inhabit the property since her death.  

I used this real life experience to create a short story, changing, elaborating, and using writer’s licence to make the story worth reading.  

16 comments:

  1. Yes, I read this one before, Valerie, however, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again because I forgot how spooky some of these occurrences were. The one (second sign) about the shaft of light, and the other one about hearing the child's voice were chilling!

    I definitely believe in ghosts because I've had an experience when I was still living in Florida that proved to me that ghosts do exist.

    Great post, my friend!

    P.S. I haven't tried New Blogger yet, but I know it's changing over at the end of June. I've been hesitating to do it not because I don't like change, it's more so because very often when Google/Blogger changes something they never work the "kinks" out before launching them. So then we have to deal with the mistakes until they figure it out.

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    1. I have had to adjust the way I posted this but I got there in the end. At one point I almost threw the laptop on the floor but I took myself in hand and tried again. I do hate change and I guess you do as well.

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  2. I have seen ghosts Valerie. So your story/explanation sounds very plausible.

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    1. I am pleased you have seen ghosts as well. A lot of the time I imagine people pooh poohing at the mere suggestion of ghosts.

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  3. I haven't seen any ghosts but my older daughter has had some experiences and my best friend's twin sister who died reappeared to her after her death, so I do believe they exist.

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    1. That's interesting, and somewhat scary. Did she see the apparition more than once?

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  4. I remember reading this, Valerie, but I'm glad you posted it again. It is really fascinating and chilling. I definitely believe in ghosts and evil spirits, because I've had some true experiences myself.

    I haven't tried the "new" Blogger yet, because I HATE changes as much as you do.

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    1. Oooh is there a new blogger or just an altered one. I had helluva job sorting this out and if there's more I might just hang up the PC altogether.

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  5. That's fascinating Valerie, and very interesting. My mother once told me that her closest friend asked her to stay the night when her husband had to go away on business. She wouldn't stay on her own because she swore there was a ghost in the house. My mother took us with her as there was no one to look after us, dad being on duty that night and she not really believing in such things. Mum swears she woke up at a sound in the middle of the night, to find a man standing at the foot of her bed, dressed in a bowler hat, suit and tie as would be worn at the beginning of the century. She remembers he had a mustache also, and was just staring at her and then vanished in thin air. Gave her a terrible fright and she screamed. Overactive imagination, was she dreaming? She swore up and down that he was real enough. She never went back and fortunately her friend moved out of the house shortly afterwards.

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    1. Ooooh-er. I hope I never see a real ghost, too scary. Your friend's experience would scare me to bits.

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  6. Great post, Val, and you can add me to the list of folks who believe in ghosts.

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    2. I discovered that somebody or something commented to this on my behalf.... Ooooh, could it have been a ghost?

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  7. Hello, Val! It does sound familiar, but it's so interesting that most wouldn't mind reading again. I believe! We had an experience after my mom passed many years ago. We've had things happen like the t.v. turning on without anyone in the room. And some sounds late at night. Very recently we were both in bed and I heard the floor creak outside our door. I jumped right up, heart pounding, almost expecting to find a prowler. All was well. Now, we have had little mice before and squirrels in the attic... those are noises we'd know. This was different, sounded like someone taking a creaky step.

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    1. Oooh-er ... creaky steps are definitely an indication that you're not alone... Ooooooohhh!

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