“From ghoulies and ghosties and three-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night – oh Lord deliver us” – so says the traditional Scottish prayer. My mom, Jerrie GLASGOW Scholten (who didn’t publicly own being part Scottish, but was) used to say that to us.
Tonight I dashed home after work with barely enough time to feed me and my cat before charging out to a class at my church. Right as I put Caity’s cat food bowl down, I thought I saw her dart away out of the corner of my eye – odd, I thought – she wouldn’t normally go AWAY from food. Then I looked up and she was on the couch snoozing. Weird.
So as I rushed out with all my stuff for the class at church and turned in the garage towards the driver’s side door I saw a flash of shadow go whizzing by my back door.
Now I thought, there’ s some spirit afoot here. For some reason Paul came up. Must be 7 years now since he died in a diving accident at age 21. This month marks that anniversary. Yup, had to be Paul. So when I talked to Sue, Paul’s aunt, my former partner, on the way to the class I mentioned that and said the energy felt calm. It wasn’t scary or even weird – just not something that happens in my life very often.
Then as I was driving home, I was listening to “Here on Earth” – the Jean Fereca radio interview show on www.wpr.org that is my favorite show. It was a show about how America is exporting its vision of what mental illness means and how to treat it. Exposing some really AWFUL behavior by Glaxo Smith Kline – just the type of show I love. As I listened, I realized, ah this is a rerun – I’ve heard this one before.
And then, just as I pulled into the garage (where I’d earlier seen that second shadow), Jean said she’d read some of the comments listeners had posted on Facebook during the show. Imagine my surprise when she read a comment I had posted (the website says this show originally aired Feb 24) about my mother.
Ah. That’s who it was. Hi Mama. I love you, too.
What do YOU think? Do the departed hang around? Do you think of them as ‘ghosts’? ‘Spirits?’ Do they feel helpful? Scary? Annoying?
If this has NOT happened to you when you hear stories like mine do you think “wow, that chick is nuts?” or “I wish that would happen to me?” or “some people are just too imaginative”? – what’s your take on the so-called paranormal?