My First Experience With Ghosts
Written By: Claire King
As they were speaking, I was just sitting there watching them feeling perfectly calm. I can’t remember what they were talking about but they seemed to be an old married couple chatting away in their own little world. I think they were using my voice box to speak through as I vaguely remember my mouth being open and my throat vibrating. My lips didn’t move yet words came out.
Little did I know that my mother had been standing outside the door for about 10 to 15 minutes listening to everything. She burst in after waiting until she had enough courage to do so, switched on the light and said ‘’what’s all this then?!’’
I jumped, looked over my right shoulder and felt really shocked and scared. It felt like I had done something wrong. My mother saw it was just me in the room, switched off the light and went out of the room again looking at me suspiciously. I turned back round but the old couple had disappeared, I felt a bit disappointed but eventually lay down and went off to sleep.
When I was older my mother told me how scared she was, that she had heard several voices in the room including a deep old man’s voice, which you don’t expect to hear from a baby. She had gone to have a look on her calendar just to check and it was indeed a full moon, just to add to the weirdness.
She also happened to be watching an interview with James Herbert several years later and he was asked what had frightened him the most in his life and he began to speak about a very similar event where he had overheard his child of a similar age speak in deep ghostly voices one night, also on a full moon.
I haven’t had an experience with ghosts quite as up close and personal as this one since, but I think I would be too scared now, and that makes all the difference. A baby is so open, trusting and unafraid. If we learn fear I may have picked up on my mother’s fear that night.
I was scared of the dark after that night and liked my door to be left open. I remember my aunt once passing by my door one night as a baby, she was there during a party. She peered in then slowly closed my door. She must have thought the music and noise was too loud for me but I was then scared of the dark!! When I was about 10 or 11 I eventually got around to telling her off about it!! Ha, she said sorry.
Even now I wonder whether anyone will visit me in the night unexpectedly. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I don’t sleep very well and have always been a light sleeper.
Copyright © 2010 Claire King.