Ghosts are different things depending on who you ask. While 32% of Americans believe in ghosts, according to a 2005 Gallup poll, there is a divergence of opinion as to what constitutes a ghost.
The spirit of a deceased person could make itself known in its former habitat, i.e., a home or office. In this case, the ghost is said to have a likeness to the deceased either in appearance, behavior, or vocal imitation. Of course, it may not be an imitation!
Ghosts are portrayed as having a semi-transparent, unspecific form, loosely resembling the person they once were. Their motives are helpful, ominous, or treacherous. Their motions are transient because they pop in and out. They're often seen fleeing or scurrying.
(Courtesy of David Sloane, http://www.trueghosttales.com/ )
The reason for bringing this up??? We have, what I and my husband believe, is a ghost in our house. Why do we think this? Well....here are a few examples.
~ Lights have turned on and off, flickered so to speak, several times...usually, when hubby is at work.
~Doors have been open, then for no reason, they have been closed (basement door especially)
~I had a beautiful wine glass, that hubby bought me on our visit to the vineyard in TN last month....I drank out of it for the first time, then that night before bed, I hand washed it and placed it on a paper towel, on the kitchen counter for it to dry. It was very stable....upside down on the paper towel. Hubby was at work, kids were asleep....during the night, around 2-3 in the morning...I heard a crash...went into the kitchen, my wine glass had been broken, tossed on the floor/counter....kids were asleep, no we do not have mice or anything that could have knocked it over...no earthquakes, nothing....
~One afternoon, the hubby and kids were in the kitchen having a snack.....I had a crystal glass sitting on the bar, that hubby should have put in my hutch...after unloading the dishwasher, but he didn't...the kids were sitting on one end of the bar, husband was standing at the sink talking to the kids, the glass flew of the other end of the bar, across the room onto the floor in front of the stove and broke...hubby said it was like someone picked it up and tossed it. He swears the kids didn't touch it, they were no where near it.
~A few nights ago...I was sitting at the computer, hubby was lying on the chaise, and we were watching American Idol.....the remotes for the t.v. were beside me on the desk...suddenly, the t.v. went from Fox to channel 7, which had nothing but static on it...by its self, people!
~Friday night, I was sitting at the computer, the kids were in bed, hubby was at work.....and I heard in a moaning voice, "Mommmmmmm......." I thought it was one of the kids, but I went to check on them, they were snoring, sound asleep...they have never been kids to talk in their sleep, either....the voice sounded older too......it totally gave me goose bumps.....I immediately thought of my other two boys...you know, thinking "mothers intuition", that maybe something had happened to one of them....I knew they were at a football party, at a church....but, I still was concerned, so...I called to check on them..they were fine. I knew it was the ghost...screwing with me.
~Then, one night a couple weeks ago....I had went into the kitchen, to make me a cup of tea. I put the water in the microwave for three minutes....went back to the family room....when the water was ready, I walked back to the kitchen, and on the floor in front of the stove, was Max's teddy bear, tossed in front of the stove...the one I had put him to bed with. He was sound asleep....there was no way he would have got up and tossed the teddy bear out of his bed, into the kitchen...he loves that bear....and has to sleep with it every night...at most, he would have tossed it by his bed, but not out into the kitchen.....hubby was at work at this time as well.
~Downstairs in our basement, the kids have a playroom....I have assisted them with cleaning up their toys, everything in its proper place, put them to bed. We also have a hobby horse downstairs....you know the kind, on springs? Well, I have later went back downstairs to get some laundry to put away, and descending downstairs....I have, I swear, heard the springs stop creaking on that damn horse when I open the basement door to walk down the stairs....I have also went into the playroom, where it was out, to check it out, and some of their toys have been drugg back out onto the rug. The same ones we put away before I put them to bed.
~Lastly...I have heard footsteps, when I have been sleeping....it has woken me up out of a dead sleep....Aaron woke up screaming one night, saying there was a light over his bed......he was totally freaked out....I have woken up, thinking one of the kids was up, standing at my bedroom door, because I wake up out of a dead sleep, with that sense that someone is there. You know what I mean...I briefly see a shadow, I call out, Aaron or Max, is that you? Then its gone.
I am not crazy...I am not imagining this shit....It has happened. The kids have seen or heard some of it, so has hubby...
What do you think? Do I have a ghost? Some kind of paranormal being?
What are your expieriences regarding this sort of thing? I want to hear your stories and thoughts. Will it eventually go away? Should we just ignore it?
My mother-in-law thinks it is a little girl, that used to live in our house(we bought the house from my in-laws, they use to live in it as well)....she said her name is Barbara, and her and her mother lived in the basement, (which at the time was like a little apartment) and her grandparents lived up stairs...the little girl supposedly died while living in the house.....from a childhood illness.
My mother-in-law said they had similar things happen when they lived there....then one day, she was in the basement doing laundry, something she just had turned up missing, or something...and she called out to her, "Barbara, honey....just go to the light...you mom, your grandma, everyone is waiting on you".....then after that, she said she never had another incident occur.....weird, huh?
Now, it has started up again....a lot over the past few months.....it is creeping me the hell out...I know ghosts/appartions can not harm a human being...but, it really makes it hard to get a good nights sleep.
Talk to me people.....