Do You Believe in Ghosts?
I have to admit that I am sort of a sucker for the paranormal. The thought that magic and mystic are all around is both exciting and perhaps a little frightening. But I never gave much thought to ghosts until my husband and I moved into our century-old farmhouse.
At first, I sort of wrote off the creaking of the house to the act that it was old. The shifting tiles in the hallway at 9:33pm every single night was just a coincidence. When doors would close, or things would fall off the walls for no apparent reason, I didn’t feel fearful or afraid. And then, I had kids.
My kids, all of them, believe whole-heartedly that there are ghosts in my house. Not scary, haunting ghosts, but rather some sort of something that frightens them because it's an unknown. When my 3-year-old told me one morning that a nice, old lady was watching her sleep, I began to wonder if in fact my house was a little haunted. She was completely unafraid of whatever it was she saw, and I told her that she was probably only having a nice dream.
Then, when my husband saw the same woman (although he likes to think that he drank too much beer that night), my curiosity was peaked. And when my brother visiting from out of town, while sleeping in the guest room also saw the same old lady dressed in a long white dress with her grey hair tied up in a bun (just like my daughter described her), I felt certain that I was sharing my space with someone or something from the other side. And yet I couldn't decide whether that was creepy or kind of cool.
Sometimes, my kids – even my teenagers – will come running out of their room as if they are being chased by a pack of rabid dogs. When I ask them what’s wrong, they say, “Nothing, I just got scared for a minute!”
Truth is, I personally have never seen a ghost here. Sure, some weird things have gone on here, but I sort of assume that is expected for a house built during the Civil War. My home, with all its quirks and oldness, is just comfortable to me and my family. It's not some twisted scene from Poltergeist, but more of a family joke at this point.
If there is something paranormal going on here, it isn’t evil or daunting – but rather caring and protective. And sadly, I have never seen the old woman that my daughter spoke of when she was little, although I think I would like to meet her. (I think!) Yet, I do think that living in this house has made me believe in ghosts. I truly believe that young children are especially in tune to the spirits around us.
So, what do you think? Have you or your kids ever had any experience with ghosts? Do you believe in ghosts?