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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Ghosts, You Have Bad Taste

I feel safe saying that here in writing. Surely ghosts can't read.

Maybe it's ridiculous, but I feel a little uncomfortable insulting the '70s decor in my old house where the living-challenged previous owners might hear me. This sounds even sillier considering we've had next to no mysterious happenings in our house - other than me forgetting I took my slippers off by the closet instead of beside the bed like I usually do and thinking a ghost moved them; the cats staring into the dining room all the time, transfixed by nothing at all; and this one time outside when I thought I saw the shadow of a man standing behind me.

I've always been obsessed with not offending people. I remember an occasion in elementary school when I was making fun of some commercial on TV, and then I was suddenly gripped with the fear that someone within hearing distance of me had a relative in that commercial and would be deeply wounded by my words.

Naturally, I would continue this tiptoeing behavior into my own ugly kitchen, bathroom, etc. The previous owners - both families - took care of our house, didn't destroy its integrity in any too-awful, irreparable way. So - though our house has a decidely ghost-free feel (we must've had happy, fulfilled POs) - I don't want to offend anyone that might be lurking about. I certainly don't want to turn anyone from a docile ghost-pet into a raging poltergeist. If that's even possible.

But why am I worrying about possible? I'm clearly insane.



Todd said...

Texas T-bone here ...

If there are ghosts, they can't do anything productive. I recently found a Bible scripture that tells us to enjoy our lives now, because once we're dead we can't affect anything that goes on under the sun. Not directly, that is. Obviously, previous owners can put up some ugly wallpaper or lay some nasty carpet.

Our home was used as a rental property for 15 years, as well as the headquarters for a janitorial services business. If there were ghosts, I'd hold out hope that they'd do a real good job cleaning the tile.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous said...

From taylore at thatthinbitch.com: Just wanted to say I found your site via the redheaded princess. Love the house! Wow! That's exactly what I want :) Beautiful wedding photos too!

11:49 AM  
Jess said...

Hmmm. We live in a similar house; fulfilled POs with *interesting* taste but noble diy ambition. They've both passed on; we got the house from their children. If anything, there would be bad juju from one of the kids, but that's another story.

Anyway, I being a "wayward" Catholic, don't put any stock in the doctrine but am very superstitious/spiritual. The first thing I did was bless the house in a variety of ways--everything from holy water to buddhist mantras, just to cover my bases--and thanked the owners, blah blah blah. It feels positive. I feel like they're glad we're taking care of the house too.

Our last house, which we rented, was what drove us to buy. We should have known on the walkthrough, when there were crosses on each window, that something was odd. It had some serious negative vibes and dark energy. I don't know if there was a mean-spirited entity or if something really terrible happened there or if there were just icky electromagnetic waves in the magma way under the house, but there were definite areas that myself, my fiance, and my cats avoided at all costs. We really wanted to "get it right" with the house we bought.

So anyway, I say you're not crazy or ridiculous. Belief is a powerful thing. Plus, it never hurts to be nice. Especially to those we can't see. :-)

12:48 PM  
Kristin said...

If I think about it rationally, I don't really believe in "ghosts." But when we took a ghost tour in Charleston on our honeymoon, the kooky guide explained supernatural phenomena in a surprisingly practical way: energy can not be destroyed, only changed. So what happens to the energy when people die? I think it's not so hard to believe that people with bold personalities or powerful emotions could leave behind energy strong enough to detect in the places they frequented, even people who are not dead yet maybe.

For example, there is an abandoned mental hospital in the town where I work. The stuff of horror movies, right? It's a popular passtime to sneak into this building - that is until a fire burned away the roof and third floor not long ago. You would not believe the ENERGY in that place. Though maybe it is one's own imagination working overtime.

4:55 PM  
Kristin said...

Taylore, thanks for the compliments on our house and wedding! *blushing*

4:56 PM  
Anonymous said...

You should read Sylvia Browne's book about hauntings. What she explains makes a lot of sense. She also explains the difference between ghosts and spirits. Having recently lost a sister-in-law we are experiencing some strange phenomena, too much to be coincidental. Things like lights going on, pictures of her being moved or layed down, her voice on our answering machine. So we know she is OK. Your library should have a copy.
We know for a fact that 7 people have died in our house and we know what all but the 4 year old girl died from in 1855. There were no records until 1864. In order they were paralytic stroke, stillbirth, seizures, cancer, pnumonia and the most recent, (which we not informed about until after we bought the house) a suicide only months earlier! Syvia says that suicides are immediatly recycled and ghosts are generally the result of a sudden death though some souls hang around for a while for various reasons. I don't believe we have any ghosts, though there are some stories documented, but every so often I get a tingling in the back of my neck like someone is watching me and likes what I am doing to the old house. I just laugh and smile and keep plugging away. It will be interesting to see if our 2 year old tells us about any imaginary friends in the future, especially if one is a little girl named Katy!


10:04 PM  
Kristin said...

Gary, that sounds like an interesting book, and the phenomena with your sister-in-law are fascinating! I love hearing "ghost" stories because I'm so curious about it. Too many things have happened to too many people to discount it all as overactive imagination.

Only two families lived in our house before us, but two sons in the family died in their early '40s, two mothers died in their '80s-'90s, and one husband died in his '60s. We don't know that any of them actually died IN the house, though.

Either way, we've felt nothing ... not even so much as a prickle! I like to pretend, though.

8:53 AM  

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