Do I believe in ghosts? I'm not sure. There is a family story -- which, unfortunately, I can't remember right now -- that details an encounter with a ghost. The person to whom the ghost appeared was one of the most credible and no-nonsense people I've ever known so I tend to think she wasn't being hysterical or given to vapors or anything like that.
When Fred died I had a couple of very realistic dreams about him in which we had conversations. In one of them Fred kept telling me how sorry he was. How he would take it back if he could. When I woke the next morning I realized that the previous day had been Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Fred was Jewish. So that was kind of weird.
For a while after he died I was always seeing something in my peripheral vision. Some movement. Something. But of course when I would turn to look, there would be nothing there.
Linda, the leader of the SOS group I attended for a while at Nuci's Space told me about a dream she had about her son Nuci. She felt that it was absolutely a visit from him. My dreams about Fred might simply have been my subconscious working through my grief, but I choose to believe that they were visits from Fred.
The only other experience I've ever had was at my mom's house. She married my step-dad about 10 years ago and his family has always joked about George, their resident ghost. When Punkin was small my mom kept a crib upstairs so we could put the kids down for a nap or put them to bed if we were staying over late. Bubba always slept up there with no problems, but Punkin never would. We always had a baby monitor up there so that I could listen and make sure she wasn't getting too upset, but usually I had to go up and get her.
One night I put her down and turned out the light. She fussed for a few minutes and then was quiet. Woo hoo! When we got ready to go home I went up to get her and the light was on in the bedroom. I am quite certain that I turned it off when I left the room and no one else had been up there. Hmmmm.
So I'm curious. What do you guys believe? Have any of you ever had an experience? Or know someone who has. Share! It's Halloween -- I could use a good spooky story!