Most of our close friends and family know that we think we have a ghost in our house. For a long time, it was easy for me to write things that happened off as coincidence, but after weird things happen a certain number of times, you have got to begin to wonder.
Now ... our house is only three years old. BUT ... it was built on land that was likely used during the Civil War. The First Battle of Bull Run was fought a couple miles from here and we believe that soldiers most likely walked across our land to get to Bull Run. Call me crazy but that is my theory.
So ... why do we think we have a ghost? Well ...
*Our dog has gotten out of her kennel several times ... each time in the middle of the night. We will wake up at 3 a.m. to Zoe sniffing our faces. No, nobody was sleep walking. No, the dog did not get out all by herself. The latches on her kennel are very hard to get closed and there is no way she could push it to the side with all 9 pounds of her. The weirdest thing is that her kennel has two doors ... one on the front and one of the side. We use the front door, but the ghost uses the side door. And ... we joke that our ghost must really like Zoe, because the nights that she is let out of her kennel are always nights that follow a day that she has spent a lot of time in her kennel because we were gone. Weird.
*Our television has turned on by itself ... a lot. I know this happens to a lot of people, but it is still WEIRD. Almost every time we come home from being away on vacation or something, the television is always on. Guess our ghost got lonely while we were gone.
*The channels on the television have turned when we have been 20 feet away from the remote. One night, Kyle and his friend, Shea, were standing in the kitchen and the channels started turning on the television. Nobody else was around and the remote was laying on the ottoman. Needless to say, Shea left our house. LOL.
*Our ghost likes toys ... toys that we have no played with for a long time. Toys that are in the bottom of the toy bin. Toys that we thought had dead batteries. The ghost gets those toys to sing when we can't. The ghost also only likes to play with the toys in the middle of the night.
*Our ghost liked Mason's old potty chair ... always during the night. The chair sang when you lifted the seat on it and when it wasn't in use, we always put the seat down. Well, the ghost would lift the seat and let the thing sing in the middle of the night.
*Mason goes to sleep with a desk lamp on every night and we shut it off when we go to bed. One night, Kyle and I were getting ready to go to bed, so Kyle went to shut the light off. No sooner did he walk back into our room and the light went back on. We looked at each other, albeit spooked, and he walked back over to check the light. The switch was up, so he shut it off again. No sooner did he walk back into our room and the light turned on AGAIN. Meanwhile, Mason was sound asleep in his bed. WEIRD. Kyle shut the light off again and I think the ghost finally left it alone.
*A couple months ago, I had been thawing a can of orange juice in the kitchen sink. I had left there a couple days too long, so it was really thawed. I was upstairs and heard the sound of metal dropping, so I went downstairs to investigate. The metal top of the orange juice can was laying clear across the kitchen, while the can of orange juice was still in the sink. The weirdest thing is ... you know how you have to pull the white ring off of the can in order to get the metal top off? Well, the white ring was still intact and had never been pulled.
*There have been several times that I have heard doors shut. One time, I was so spooked out from hearing so many consecutive noises that I called my sister-in-law and made her stay on the phone with me while I searched the house.
*We think our ghost bothers Mason at night. Like many kids, he is convinced that there is a ghost in his room ... only I believe him! Last night, Mason came in scared to death. He woke Kyle up and kept saying, "Ghost. Ghost." Kyle said he was literally shaking, so he went into his room to lay with him. Kyle said he laid there shaking like crazy with his eyes bulging out of his head. He was SO scared. Do you really act that way if you are a kid and you are making up your ghost stories? I don't think so.
Like I said, I could probably write all of these things off as coincidence, but when they happen over and over, it makes you wonder. The only thing I could never explain is Zoe getting out of her kennel ... SOMEONE let her out of that kennel and it was not us.
Lots of our family has stayed here and I think they concur that we have a ghost. In fact, I think Kyle's sister said she saw a little girl standing in the doorway of Mason's room one night. I guess the little girl part goes against my Civil War theory, but I do think the ghost has an obsession with Mason's room.
Do you believe in ghosts? What weird stuff happens at your house?