Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hello... Who's There?

Scared out of seven senses. 
                     Sir Walter Scott


On Family Day My Hero and I packed up all the ingredients needed for dinner and took it to my Mom’s to spend the day with her. I had lots of little things to do there like laundry and stuff  but while dinner was cooking I found the time to go and check out my old childhood home which is not too far from where Mom lives now in the little village where I grew up. I bundled up and walked over, it was cold out but I found it very refreshing. This huge beautiful new house looks like it had swallowed the little old rundown house where I grew up. I was impressed that it was going up so fast; it is going to be a wonderful place for some family to live. There are no signs left of that old house that held all those memories. I took some photos to send off to my brother so he could see the progress. I think we all miss those memories of the old house, not the old house itself.

That old tree that everyone over the years has cut down is still growing more shoots, an old Swamp Maple that keeps on giving whether you want it to or not. I loved that tree it was the one that every kid in that old house and all who lived on our street climbed to get a view of the world. I walked over to take some photos of some Tim Horton’s cups (garbage) lying under those new shoots of Swamp Maple, I thought it would be an interesting shot. I must admit I was technically trespassing since we no longer live there nor own the land or that tree but since no one was there I did it anyways.

I was crouched close to the ground snapping different angles of those discarded cups when I heard a creaking. I looked around and noticed that the front door that I had photographed just moments ago closed, was opening slowly. I assumed someone was working inside and since there were no cars around I thought maybe they had walked too. I then remembered I was trespassing. I shouted out “Hello” “Who’s there” I was thinking this was a bold question since I probably should not have been there in the first place standing on the snow covered lawn of a house I had no business standing on. The door kept opening slowly. No answer.


Suddenly I was startled by an extremely loud rumble behind me on the highway and turned quickly to see two huge green fully equipped Army vehicles with the big green domes on top drive by.  I immediately thought it must be Army training, something I remembered my Dad, being in the military before I was born, always loved seeing. I tried to get my camera focused fast but it was not quick enough to capture them.

I turned around quickly and looked at the now wide open door remembering about trespassing and being caught. No one was there. I could see through the windows and the house was empty. I have to admit I yelled out “Hello, Hello” no answer. I suddenly felt chills run down my spine and turned and ran back to the house where My Hero was waiting with Mom. He asked me why I was running, and asked what was wrong. I told him what just happened. He said probably the wind blew it open. I informed him the wind was blowing in the opposite direction and for that matter there was very little wind. I told him I was going back to check it out even though I must say I was a bit freaked out by then. He did not want to come, I was thinking he was a chicken.


I walked back to that beautiful new house sitting on the land where my old rundown house full of memories had sat not so very long ago and the door was now shut tight. This is where I probably don’t have to tell you that I ran back to Mom’s like a big old chicken.

I have no idea what happened but my imagination has been going crazy. I told Mom over dinner and she smiled. I will let you all use your own imaginations. All I know is that I am so happy I was not trespassing in the dark of the night.

A mystery for sure. “Hello” “Who’s there?”

Later

39 comments:

  1. Perhaps a small piece of the old house is still alive... :)

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  2. Maybe it was the three bears testing things out. You know... Mamma bear. Pappa bear. And baby bear. I wouldn't have went back!

    Cindy Bee

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  3. I feel it surely must have some meaning for you. Honestly my own heart would have dropped if that had happened to me.

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  4. ohhh i was on the edge of my seat with this one!

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  5. It was the ghost of homes past WELCOMING you!

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  6. That was your old house saying, no matter where you go or how old you get, I'll always be here for you. I'll be here in your dreams, in your memories, in your reminiscences with friends and family.
    On the other hand, the last guy through probably didn't latch the door properly and the vibration from those army trucks caused it to swing open.
    Your choice. I like the first one best.

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  7. Oh don't be afraid! the open door was very much a welcoming gesture.Any spirits still lingering around usually are very friendly . I just give a " hello" and it is usually sufficient at making me feel braver .

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  8. You and I and yes Mom with her knowing smile can remember that wonderful man with that great big grin and sparkling eyes.
    My own dear Mom sent me a penny from heaven yesterday while I was out walking.
    Memories and love can never really take people or places away from us.

    Love You, BA

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  9. So glad you found the shoots- love the line that it keeps on giving whether you want it to or not!

    That was strange about the open door. Kind of like it was telling you you're still welcome, and that your memories of that place still have an open door of your heart.

    I hope you are staying warm, my friend- loved this post!

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  10. Spooky ! Great post ! I am a little annoyed at the Tim's cups we find spewed all over our country village these days some people have no respect for nature ! It is a new house so no ghosts unless the new people brought one with them ! Have a good day !

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  11. The new house was inviting you in.

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  12. The first thing I thought of when I started reading, was...Wow...that new house has gone up fast! I'd have been a bit freaked out by that door opening...and then closing too! Oh my.

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  13. According to the pictures, it was not your imagination!

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  14. I would have left, too!!! It sure does look like a big house going up!!

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  15. Definitely sounds like a spirit of some kind is not welcoming people to the house.
    It may have been protecting you from whatever negative energy the workers left in the house while they are building it.
    They might have been cruel to the land during the tear down, or not doing things properly now, cutting corners that may cause grief to the family that lives in it when it is finished.

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  16. i would not have gone in. no way. :)

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  17. I totally agree with mybabyjohn/delores-- the house was saying that you are still welcome and that the house will cherish old memories. Warmth for the new family

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  18. You are always welcomed at home.

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  19. The land holds many memories that will always live there.

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  20. At least you had some photos to prove that you did see it....

    Rather unsettling wasn't it?

    Jen

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  21. Well, I am just too practical and this was my first thought....Darn framers hung the door wrong! It must not be plumb and level!

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  22. You are a complete treasure! By now you have thought the Life that was always there - the Life that was delighted to have your family there, Loving, Sharing and growing right there - on that spot - was doing everything it took to wish you welcome and wish you well . . May All Your Memories Be A Blessing.

    love & love,
    -g-

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  23. Oh, my, that must have been scary! I would have run away, too! But perhaps the house was welcoming you.

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  24. Woah, that's creepy! I would have run away too! Makes for a very funny story though :)

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  25. I've got chills now B! That IS creepy!
    I hate that someone threw their trash under such a wonderful old tree too. That's just plain lazy!

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  26. Did you see the spooky face looking through the window in the photo of that half-open door? Just kidding.

    Still, there are so many things like creaking floors and swinging doors with nobody there not to make us wonder about what we can't see but can feel.

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  27. Perhaps the spirit of your old home was inviting you in for one last visit. :-) My husband would have been in there like a dirty shirt hoping to see a ghost. Cool story!

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  28. uhmmm. my pants might have had to be changed on that one...


    Still got the shivers!!!! :O !

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  29. Spooky! Yea- I would have to know...but I would have taken reinforcements with me...just in case the boogie man was hanging around.

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  30. all the memories are still there, embedded in the soil!!

    you are so good to your sweet mom, she is lucky to have you!!

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  31. I can't believe your Hero didn't go back with you!! AND I can't believe you went back alone! Kinda spooky...you are right, good thing it was in the daylight!

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  32. I think the home was calling to you.

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  33. A tent in the woods and a campfire, and this is a good ghost story. I would have been a little creeped out - and I'm intrigued by your mom's smile.

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  34. The ghost of children past??? I'd have beat feet too...

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  35. That is a pretty creepy story. I would have been running as well..

    Hugs~

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  36. Yea, I would have been running. Perhaps the old spirits are welcoming you 'home'? They wanted to say 'Hello'? A true mystery. Great ghost story, though! xx

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  37. yikes! Here I would suspect a cat or dog with wicked skills but...

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