• Cheryl Therrien

    Isn’t it interesting that ghost stories are always presumed to be a scary thing? Why don’t people tell ghost stories without the ‘scary’ factor? It’s an interesting thought, isn’t it? Thanks for telling the story of an old house with lots of memories to share.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Cheryl – thank you for reading and commenting. It is interesting, now that you mention it, that we equate ghost stories with being scared. I don’t know why that is. Maybe, like so many other things, it’s beliefs and fears passed down from generation to generation that become so ingrained. It would be far better if we could choose to learn about those unknown things rather than fear them.

  • Hi Pat – We live in an old house, built in 1909 and people can’t understand why I love it. I have been told a number of times to tear it down and build a new house. But I tell them I can’t because our house if filled with friendly ghosts. They look at me as if I’ve lost it, but to me it’s true. This house surrounds me with comfort, making me feel safe and content. A new house will never do that. So while most ghost stories are scary, mine is just the opposite. Loved your story and thanks for sharing.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Lenie – thank you for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I can relate to your love for your old house. They have an energy about them and history that’s hard to explain but is real nevertheless.

      It’s almost as if they take on the lives of those that have lived there and look after the new ones that come. I’ve felt that energy of comfort and contentment, too, in my grandparents’ old house. It wasn’t always scary and just a building. It had life and was wanting to play and express itself. I wish I could have gotten passed my fear of the unknown and, like my grandmother, understand.

  • Pat Ruppel

    Thank you, Susan, for posting my story. I hope you’re readers will enjoy it and have some fun with it.

  • Virginia beach town – yikes. Can’t help but thinking it’s near where I live in Virginia. We have ghost tours here in Williamsburg so it’s easy enough for me to believe there are certainly ghosts. I can SAY I’m not frightened by the thought but if that is how I would act, I’m not so sure.

    Love this story.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Patricia, for your comments — yikes, Virginia Beach town. This wasn’t in Virginia Beach but was north across the bay in a little town on the Eastern Shore in Virginia. All in the same area, for sure, and it sounds like from your experiences you can understand the feel and energies of some of those places.

      They’re real I can attest to that and guess you don’t know how you’re going to react until it happens. For me, I was young and highly imaginative and for some reason tuned into those types of things that has carried through to this day.

  • Sounds like the house was definitely haunted. Just too many inexplicable things altogether. good story! Thanks

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi A.K. — thank you for stopping by and reading. I’m glad you enjoyed it and maybe had some fun with it. You’re right in that there are too many inexplicable things that went on. It’s a mystery and sounds to still be happening. I think it’s what draws us in — the unknown.

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  • Great story for this time of year 🙂 In elementary school there was an old house on the hill, and for a couple of months, we spent every recess convincing each other a ghost was standing in the window.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thanks Jeri — I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think there’s an old house like that in almost every neighborhood, at least the older ones. I can only imagine your feelings in thinking you saw a ghost standing in the window. That would creep me out, too, and would be looking for it every time it’s time to go out for recess. Oh, the innocence in what things we notice and monsters we create as children. I love it. 🙂

  • Oh how I enjoyed this I like a good ghost story

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thanks Jo-Anne — I’m happy you enjoyed the read. Me too – I like a good ghost story and, in my case, they weren’t just good stories they were real events.

      My cousin just responded to this story to tell me she remembers her dad (my mother’s brother) telling her he remembered sleeping in one of the smallest bedrooms of that house and when his hand went off the mattress, something/someone took his hand.

      Having been there in that house growing up, I know and feel what she had conveyed. This is what gives the telling of these stories more depth and wonder. 🙂

      • My own house has spirit in it we often will feel someone sit beside us on the bed and touch us while we are sleeping not in a dangerous way it just feels like someone sitting down and putting their hand on your leg

        • Pat Ruppel

          Sounds like you’re comfortable with it, Joanne, and it’s okay with you. I like that. Are you ever more curious about who or what it is?

          My cousin saw this story and told me her dad once told her that, as a child in this old house when he was sleeping, sometimes his hand would slide off the mattress and he would feel someone/something take hold of it. It wasn’t mean-spirited or malicious, either.

  • Years ago I visited the abandoned Ellis Island before its renovation. We had to get there by boat (we were shooting a commercial). It was eerie to see the very large hall where all new immigrants sat and waited to be processed. In the basement, there were teller windows where immigrants exchanged their currency. The chairs were still pushed back from the desks and file drawers half opened. It was as if the staff had just left the night before, not many years ago when Ellis Island was still a bustling immigration center where millions of new Americans passed through (including my parents).

    All of us felt the spirits of those past immigrants surrounding us. It was almost tangible. We asked a U.S. park ranger stationed there if he felt their spirits. He responded, “Oh, yes. We even have names for them.”

    • Pat Ruppel

      That’s sounds so interesting, Jeannette. What a special time to have an opportunity to visit there before it was renovated. I can only imagine what you felt were the energies the Island retained from a lot of the immigrants (my grandparents, too) that had passed through. A lot was going on for them at that time and I’m sure emotions were running high from worry to fear, anxiety to excitement. They were trying to find new homes in a new land.

      Collectively the energies of what they went through appeared to have remained and you can feel it also in places like Arlington Cemetery and some of the Civil War battlegrounds. I’ve always found it fascinating and have been drawn to those types of things.

      Thank you for sharing your story, Jeannette. I’m glad you enjoyed the read and it brought back some memories of your own.

  • Sherri Matthews

    Wonderful ghost stories told here Pat of your days spent with your grandparents. I can only imagine what that knocking was on the windows when your parents stayed there. Spooky! This makes for a great read, so well written and really pulled me in with every word so that I wanted more! You are wonderful story-teller my friend and you’ve inspired me to tell a ghost story of my own especially with Halloween coming up. I can’t imagine living next door to a funeral home, how wild that must have been for you as children when you visited and that tale told by your mother when she heard the ‘ahhh’ well, how frightening was that? Terrifying! The house would seem to be haunted to me. I wonder what the new family have experienced? Great to read another wonderful post from you my friend 🙂

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thanks, Sherri, it’s always good to see you over here on Susan’s site. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and it inspired you to write one of your own for Halloween.

      This time of the year always takes me back to those days and times. They are still so vivid and real to me as if they just happened yesterday. I guess you could say that old house left a lasting impression on me and has stuck with me. I’m looking forward to reading your ghost story. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Really loved this ghost story! I think every neighborhood I lived in had a supposed haunted house…but I never experienced a phenomenon of any kind:( But I wanted to! Instead, I’ll stay entertained by real ghost stories like these! Nice job!

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Jacquelline. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I think you’re right in that there’s a lot of neighborhoods that have supposedly haunted houses and they don’t necessarily have to be old places. It’s the energies some places retain that give off a strange, eerie feeling or just plain joy.

      I remember years ago when we were looking for our home in the mountains. Our Realtor took us around to some houses to look at that were for sale. There was this beautiful, little Alpine-cottage-styled house loaded with aspen trees in the front that we decided to check out; however, when we went inside it had this heavy feel to it — a sadness.

      We noticed a photograph on the kitchen counter and our Realtor told us the couple were going through a bitter divorce. So, I guess it’s not always ghosts but the feelings that remain that we connect to from others whether they’re alive or dead. You’ve probably experienced some of these types of things and add a bump here and a slammed door there and, “walla”, you have a ghost story.

  • maxwell ivey

    Hi Pat; what a great story teller you are. I could just imagine being a kid in that house and afraid to go to sleep or only going to the kitchen in groups. and that eiry white night gown or sleep clothes in the photo. don’t have any stories of my own but i sometimes think my doggie penny reminds me a lot of my dad. my dad had arthritis or other pains in his neck shoulders and hands. he also got migraines. He used to have me massage his pains away. He also had me scratch or rub his head to help keep him awake on drives. well penny is always after me to scratch her. she often does it right when i’m in the middle of something. and even when i think i should be done she wants just a little more. have never believed in reincarnation but penny has some of the old joker and instigator in her that my dad max sr. did. thanks for sharing, max

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Maxwell – thank you for stopping by. I know what you mean about similarities in personality traits in animals and loved ones that have passed. I do think there is a connection mainly because I believe animals are more open and tuned into those energies. They can feel them and pass them along to us.

      I remember once seeing one of our dogs sitting and staring up at a blank wall as if they saw someone or something. There was a genuine interest in what they were looking at as if they actually connected and wanted to react. I wish I could have seen it.

      Appreciate your reading my story and happy your enjoyed it. I’m glad it helped you remember some of your own. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi pat; i know what you mean about animals. I’ve always had dogs but i hear it applies to cats too. penny also seems to know when i need to be interrupted and encouraged to put the laptop down. I’ve gotten good at checking my email left handed. and i have my book player next to where i work. so when miss penny says scratch me i can press play and at least do something else helpful while petting her. thanks for the memories, max

    • Pat Ruppel

      They sure are tuned in that way, Max, and goes to show how well they help us with it. I like hearing how connected you both are. Sounds like you’re learning a lot from Penny.

  • I am always scared of ghosts as I have seen one with my eyes and when I come to know someone talking about them I try to leave a soon as possible. I opened this post 3 times and I was not having courage to read and at last I did. I am scared to read about mother who died far away and was seen knocking and knock on window, I got goose bumps 🙂 . There truly are many spirits and many types of creatures around us and sometimes they try to show us their presence. Few months back I heard a women walking on roof outside my window. I was greatly surprised as the door was locked and there was no way reaching roof. But I did not take courage to see from my window but I am happy there was no knock on my window otherwise may be my spirit would have been reading this :). But your grandparents were really brave, it seems.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Andleeb – thank you for having the courage to come back again and stay to read my story. I’m sorry – I don’t mean to scare you. Like what you mentioned, they are strange events my family and me have experienced. I can’t explain them — only my grandmother was comfortable with it but because I was young, I didn’t have the courage to learn more about it from her. I wish I had.

      Over many years, though, and half-way across the country from that old house, I’m still experiencing strange phenomenon but I’m learning to explore what it is and pay attention to it. I can’t say it doesn’t still scare me, though. It does. I’m just trying to linger long enough to understand and get the message.

      If you can get a handle on your fear and pause long enough to take stock of your surroundings and what is happening, there are messages being sent and things to learn. It’s not always evil and something out there to get you. Instead, it’s an opening to another dimension we can connect to and explore — a treasure hunt. We learn that no one and nothing is ever lost. It’s just transitioned to another place.

      I hope this helps and I’m honored you came back and overcame your fear long enough to read and leave a comment. That means a lot to me and tells me you’re more tuned into these energies than you want to believe. It a good thing. Thank You!

  • Jon Jefferson

    It’s interesting the tales that are built into these older homes and such. I wonder in a hundred years what tales might come from new subdivisions now and such.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Me too, Jon. I wonder what tales might come from our new subdivisions in a hundred years. Seems like we always think they come from dark, ancient places. While some do, I think the tales in a hundred years will be told in modern terms and, perhaps, more accepted and understood so most people relate to them.

      I think we’ll appreciate our connection to one another more and beyond and not be so fearful (if we don’t, life may not exist as we know it). Hopefully, by then the energies left behind will not be portrayed as so violent and we’ll be more willing to embrace the energies of love.

  • andrea stephenson

    Great story Pat, what a wonderful house with so many stories to tell. And you tell them so well – these are stories to be told around the campfire (or a candlelit kitchen table!)

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hahaha — I can picture that, Andrea, telling stories around a candlelit kitchen table. Thank you for stopping by — so glad you enjoyed the read. 🙂

  • Lois

    Oh Pat, you had me with the funeral home connected to the garage, spooky. I just moved into an old house that has plenty to say to me. I am forever hearing a door close when none were open or knocking when no one is there. One of the first nights here I had all the kitchen cabinet doors stacked up leaning against the stove. I was woken in the middle of the night by a huge crash from the kitchen. Tired I thought maybe the balancing act I performed on the cabinet doors gave way and all the doors had crashed to the floor. Yet going into the kitchen to see the damage nothing was out of place. It’s only been three weeks I’ve been here but I’m sure I will have more stories to share with my grandchildren like your grandmother did with you.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Love it, Lois. It sounds like you certainly have an active homestead that has a lot to say. I like that you’re open and embracing the adventures that lie ahead. I’m looking forward to hearing more. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    yes i’m learning a lot from penny. one thing a dog or cat will teach you is how to be in the moment and enjoy the present more. but she’s expensive. my tuition is hours of petting and scratching. 🙂 thanks, max

    • Pat Ruppel

      That’s an expense well worth paying, Max — priceless. It’s an investment that will pay benefits for the rest of your life. I’m so happy to hear you have such a valuable asset. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • maxwell ivey

        hi pat; yes penny is actually not very happy right this minute. my mom went to california with her sister for a month. penny doesn’t like it when any of us leave but especially the blonde haired woman that puts the bones and other treats in her bowl. 🙂 take care, max

    • Pat Ruppel

      That they will do, Max, is teach. Like Penny, our Abby almost comes up with something new to surprise us with everyday. She also comes with loving a lot of petting and scratching not to mention time throwing her ball. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    shssh don’t tell penny we are supposed to throw balls and sticks. she doesn’t know. her favorite thing is to sneak out the door when we want to go somewhere. because she knows we will brive her to get her back in quickly. she is guaranteed to get cheese or lunch meat or something yummy. and she knows it and we know she knows. 😀 have fun, max