Guest Blogger: Cindy Carroll
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Ghosts. They seem to be everywhere these days. Just check out the internet to see how many cities have haunted tours or ghost walks. Or check out TV to see the shows about ghosts and ghost hunting. I’m not talking just Ghost Whisperer either. There are a number of shows out there about tracking ghosts – America’s Most Haunted Inns. America’s Most Haunted Towns, Creepy Canada, Celebrity Paranormal Project. And don’t forget the movies. Movies about ghosts are popular whether they’re scary (GHOST STORY) or funny (GHOST TOWN).
But have you ever wondered if a ghost chose to haunt a certain place? From books, movies and television we think we “know” why ghosts come into being and why they haunt wherever it is they’re haunting. Violent death, unfinished business. But what if we got it wrong? Maybe they didn’t die some horrible death at the ranch that forced them to roam the stables looking for justice. What if they wanted to remain here? Maybe the ranch was the only place they were happy so in their afterlife they wanted to stay there. Have you ever said, “If anything happens to me I’m going haunt you”? I know I’ve said it on more than one occasion. And my friend says it me all the time. What if it were that easy? They just decided to come back and hang out for a while longer.
There has to be some sort of order to the afterlife. Maybe the ranch was a promotion. What if they did such a great job haunting their original place that they got promoted to a place of their choosing? Could they also get demoted? They were haunting a mansion but didn’t scare enough people so they end up having to haunt an outhouse.
We had a ghost when I was growing up. I have no idea who she was or what happened to her. But I always wondered why she was haunting our house. And why the adults could never hear her. Just my friends and I could hear her. We never saw her either. But we heard her typing at night when no one else was home. And we could hear her walk past our bedroom doors when no one else was there. She talked to my boyfriend once when he picked up the phone to call his mother. And two of my friends had a whole conversation with her thinking it was me. They were in the kitchen and they thought I was in the living room. I wondered why she didn’t follow us when we moved. The house felt different somehow. Maybe she was just lonely. The family that moved into the place after we left had three teenage daughters.
Whatever the reasons for ghosts haunting us, they’re not going away any time soon. Books, movies and TV will continue to bring us tales of ghosts, spirits and poltergeists and I for one am looking forward to them. Maybe I’ll even get a visit from a ghost wanting to make friends.
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