Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Things that Go Bump in the Night

Good evening, everyone! Jonathan here.

Today, I thought that I would reveal a bit more about myself. A sort of peeling away the layers, if you will. I'd like to talk to you all about a personal interest that I've had since I was 12 years old - ghosts. Now, I do realize that many, many don't even give ghosts a second thought, much less have a belief in them, but I've had three events happen in my life that I can't explain with normal logic.

I'd like to tell you all of my very first experience. Here's what happened.

I was eleven years old, sitting in the living room watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. My brother, who worked the night shift at WalMart at the time, was asleep in our bedroom. I had just finished my bowel of popcorn and had very dry mouth. (As you do when you've eaten an entire bag.) I got off the sofa to get me a glass of water, not really paying attention to my surroundings. No need to, right? It was my own house. Nothing should ever really be out of the normal in your own house. I stepped into the kitchen, thinking about the DIY science experiments that Bill Nye had just been talking about as I turned on the faucet to fill my glass.

Like everyone, I got the sensation, that presence of someone behind me crossing from my right side to my left side. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see a figure, turn the corner, and disappear. Just Nick coming out of the bathroom and walking through the kicthen. Or at least that's what I thought. I chugged my glass of water and started back out when I realized I didn't hear our bedroom door close. (Usually, Nick slammed it shut, because he was always upset if he woke up before 7pm even if he had to use the bathroom.) Weird, I thought, but didn't think any more about it until my mom woke him up for dinner. We had finished eating when I asked Nick if he couldn't sleep, because I saw him leaving the kitchen when I was getting my drink. He looked at me funny and said that he hadn't gotten up at all until our mom had woken him up. And at that moment I felt my stomach drop and the hairs on the back of neck prickle. Who did I see coming out of the kitchen then? I'm not sure, but it wasn't Nick.

That was during the final weeks of summer before I started back to school. Even after I realized that what I saw wasn't my brother, I chalked it off as my imagination or something logical. Surely I didn't see a ghost. They're not real, right? It was my first week into the new school and my english teacher had my entire class in the library. We had to do a research paper on whatever topic we wanted, I rooted through tons of books and found a book called, "Real Ghost Stories" author's name eludes me. I read the book and shortly after finishing it, I started putting the pieces together of that event during the summer. Maybe I did see a ghost, I thought. After reading that book and experiencing what I did, the paranormal had left a mark - A mark that I would never want to fade, a mark that has grown through the past 10 years to where it is today.

I'd like to leave you all with a video clip of my all time favorite shows: Ghost Hunters. It airs on the SciFi channel and is about a real life paranormal research group, called The Atlantic Paranormal Society or TAPS, for short.

Now, I would like everyone to know that I'm not trying to make any of you believe in the paranormal. Everyone has their opinions and are more welcome to them. I just wanted to tell you all a little bit more about me and what my interests are. :)

Until we meet again, my friends!


MoonDoggie said...

I, too, have been fascinated by ghosts from a young age. I believe in them but am skeptical at the same time (lot of fakers out there).
I flit from wanting to see a ghost to begging not to see one.
I'd like to hear more of your stories :)

TheFancyLadyGourmet said...

I've been the same way fascinated by ghosts since i was pretty much 5 i just thought i had a really good imagination till i got older and started reading tons of ghost books and research and had a few experiences of my own the whole thing fascinates me . I really do believe there are, i think some people just chose to ignore it therefore to them they don't exist .

Kateri Joe and Jonathan said...

Yes, there are far too many fakers out there. It's a shame, really. I haven't had an experience since I was 15 and I'm nearly 22 now. Far too long in my opinon, haha. It's that strange rush of being scared and being excited, because you just saw or heard something that can't be easily dismissed when normal logic can't explain it. Haha, perhaps I will talk about my other two experiences at a later date, Moondoggie. :)

"Don't be silly! It was your imagination!" is the go-to phrase for all adults I think, haha. I believe you're right about people ignoring it and making not exist in their head, your fancyship. :) Kateri and I have wanted to start a paranormal group for a long time, but alas, the cookie jar of funding is always empty. Which books have you read and what kind of research? Ever done an investigation before?