"Someone came and sat on my bed and talked to me last night," Youngest said a couple of nights ago as he got into bed for the night. "I'm scared."
Considering Pete and I always come and sit on his bed when he first gets in to go to sleep, I am puzzled by this. Here I thought it was a comfort for us to chat with him before he fades into sleep. And instead it's got him scared. Say what?
"No, it wasn't anyone I know. It was a stranger. It was a ghost," he said.
He spoke as if he was telling the absolute truth, as if he was wide awake and aware of it happening, and as if it could in no way be a dream. And the hair on my neck stood up, just like "they" say it does when you're frightened, and I got goose bumps down my arms. Inside, I'm freaking out because I'm a genuine scaredy cat.
But I'm totally cool on the outside as I assure him that it was a dream and that no one else could get in the house except the people who love him and that since it was a dream it won't happen again and that Dad and I are always right up there for him to come to or yell to if he has another bad dream.
Off to sleep he goes, of course, assured by his outwardly self-assured mother.
Last night, Daughter cries out and Pete goes to her. She had not yet fallen asleep. She could not fall asleep because, as she explains to Pete, Youngest's friend said he saw a ghost in the house last night. Pete relays the conversation to me when he returns upstairs, and I have the same physical reactions I had the other night.
I relate my conversation with Youngest from the other night to Pete, and I wonder aloud if it doesn't seem just a bit too weird, too coincidental. Of course, there's no such thing as ghosts. I know that.
So why, as I am writing this, do I feel my neck hairs rising and goose bumps shooting down my arms?
Because even though I know there's no such things as ghosts and certainly no such thing as ghosts in my house, I know that saying such a thing is just inviting a good haunting here. So let me just say for the record that, surely, there must be such a thing as ghosts.