Ghosts, spirits, entities…however you refer to it, do you believe? I think I have always believed although as I child I tried not to because the thought was scary. I don’t even like watching scary movies. Skeleton Key totally freaked me out! When ever the dogs bark at “nothing” my brain goes into overdrive. Do they see something? We have had strange things happen in our house. Really strange things. Not threatening and I’m sure that for the majority of the experiences we have had there are most likely valid reasons for them happening. They can be debunked. When I experience something for myself I look for the logical explanation and convince myself that it was nothing. As adults, this is what we do. We no longer believe in a lot of things. But children, that’s another story. Children have this innocence and purity, and I believe it makes them more sensitive to things. This is what often makes me nervous. What do you say when you child says they see something you don’t see? Sometimes they’re too little to fully explain.
I recall my oldest son sitting in his high chair looking right past me, laughing with glee. I look over my shoulder and there is nothing there. Eerie. He would often say my friend’s name who had passed when I was in college in his little two-year old voice. My middle son once got out of bed, knowing he would get in trouble, just to bring me a picture of said friend from the book-case. He told me, “Mommy, you need this.” He was right. I had been missing her all week and was kind of in the dumps. Could she still be around? This was a comforting thought to me and absolutely ridiculous all at the same time.
Then there were strange things. Deacon would stand in his crib and scream hysterically and point to the corner of the room. What is he seeing? Is he still asleep and having a nightmare? At eighteen months he was speaking clear sentences. He would say the “old man,” “scary man,” “old lady.” He was honestly starting to creep my husband and I out. It didn’t help that we were avid watchers of Ghost Hunters. We moved him into his brother’s room in hopes for a better nights sleep. That didn’t work either. Do you ask them questions or do you tell them they are imagining it? Logan once told us that “Deac’s just scared of the two man that look at him.” My husband then decided to prod, “what do they do or say?” Logan replied, “Nothing, they just look at him.” So there was something that was really bothering Deacon, he wasn’t just trying to get attention or delay bedtime. And then it suddenly stopped and he started sleeping better.
Now my Finnegan. It’s been happening to him. He sometimes cries at night, but then he is sometimes in hysterics. You know he’s petrified. I wonder if it’s the same reason Deacon didn’t sleep. He won’t walk past this one corner in the hallway, he stands at the end and screams. Now I am back to wondering if it’s just his addiction to Mommy or is it something else. Do you believe in ghosts?