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Ants In The Bed

 

This experience happened while my husband and I were in New Orleans after our Aunt Rita passed away while she was on vacation in St. Lucia. Aunt Rita's body had been in St. Lucia for about 3-4 weeks because of custom issues with transferring a body out of the country.

My husband and I stayed at her home for about 1 week to make sure everything was ok (she lived in the 9th ward).

We brought along our 2 children and close family friends who brought their two boys along and their cute little Cocker Spaniel Khakie. The Children kept complaining that Khakie was barking at different corners in the house and seemed upset. We just brushed it off as the dog not being used to staying in a strange house.

Aunt Rita's house was still under repair from the hurricanes (Rita and Katrina) so all of the bedrooms were not suitable to sleep in since they were being used for storage.

The children were sleeping in the front room and our friends were in the back bedroom, this left Aunt Rita's room for me and my husband to sleep in. My husband did not want to sleep in Aunt Rita's room, he just felt uneasy, and he felt it might be disrespectful.

We debated about sleeping in her room for a long time. I had already moved our suitcases in her room. I didn't have a problem with sleeping in her room because there was no where else to sleep and we had driven over 9 hours on top of staying up late.

My husband finally gave in and we turned in for the night. At about 2 or 3 in the morning I woke up with a start because I heard something that sounded as if some one struck the bed as hard as they could with an open hand. I also heard a mans voice shout "Ants in the Bed!" I looked around the room, and at the foot of the bed I saw what looked like T.V static in the shape of a man. I thought to myself, "You have got to be kidding me, did a freaking ghost just wake me up! I thought about it for a few seconds and decided I was too tired to be scared or even interested so I closed my eyes and tried to go back to sleep.

Within a few seconds I felt a very firm grip around my neck and it kept applying pressure slowly but steadily until I was having a hard time breathing. I could feel my face turning red and I was getting concerned.

I started reciting the Lord's Prayer and I felt the pressure being released. I continued the prayer and the ghost released me from his grip. I smiled and thought, "you punk ghost! You know who my Father is, you better run!" After about 1 minute the ghost came back and put its hands around my neck again. This time it was hesitant and didn't apply as much pressure as the first time. I said, "Jesus is Lord." and it let me go and this time I no longer felt its presence.

I don't know what "Ants in the bed" means I told my husband and our friends about it in the morning. They said that maybe it didn't want us sleeping in Aunt Rita's bed. My husband even thought it may have been Aunt Rita, but I am 100% positive that it was not our beloved Aunt Rita, it was a mean man.

I think maybe the ghost was why Khakie was so upset all the time; she was only calm when the adults were around.

This was not the only time "Ants in the bed" made an appearance, he showed up while we were having a family dinner after Aunt Rita's Service. He slammed and locked Aunt Rita's bedroom door when every one in the house was in the front eating. All of us heard it, and when my husbands father went to the back he could not open the door, he was really confused until I told him about what happened to me a few weeks earlier.

My father in law is a minister; he asked me a lot of questions about what happened with me and the ghost, after a while we all went back to the front to finish dinner my father in law stayed in the back a few minutes longer than everyone else. By the time dinner was over the ghost had unlocked and opened the bedroom door.

I often wonder what my father in law said to the ghost to get it to unlock the door...

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otteer (8 stories) (398 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-09-21)
Loved Javs response. It is indeed a mystery, my first thought was to ask what was said at the door also. Poor Aunt, dying away from home. Maybe there was a link... Being in the carribean, where there are often ants... Anywhere and everywhere, to her after death experience? Hmm. May she rest in peace bless her.
Thanks for sharing this interesting story!
wifey4lifey (2 stories) (6 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
Champion - I asked my husband if Aunt Rita ever mentioned anything about ghosts when he lived there and he said no. There was no activity and no uneasy feelings.

Javelina - I'm a little hesitant to ask my father in law what he said to the ghost, but I'm more curious than hesitant, I think I'll ask him when I speak with him tomorrow. Thanks for your condolences.

I do know one thing, the ghost was VERY protective of Aunt Rita, I think he may have thought she was coming back.

I was never afraid of the ghost, not even when he choked me, I kind of always felt like I had the upper hand on him so I don't think he was malevolent.

Thanks everyone for all of your comments, they have helped me out a lot with this mystery!
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
wifey4lifey,
First I want to offer my condolences on the passing of your beloved Aunt Rita, may she rest in peace.
You ended your experience with..."I often wonder what my father in law said to the ghost to get it to unlock the door..." Why not call him up and ask him? He may have additional information that could help solve this mystery. You'll never know until you try.
Also, the way this entity grabbed your throat and gave in so easily makes me think it was testing it's skills out on you. I know it sounds crazy, but it is a little strange that he was so easily deterred. I am also leaning toward a 'gentle giant' type. Slow, yes. But inquisitive also. Who knows? "Ants in the bed" could have been a game from his childhood, or even a ploy used on him to get his butt out of bed when he was stubborn on a cold morning and just wanted to stay under the warm blankets. He sounds lost to me. As if he's found a place to stay now, but it wasn't his original place of residence. Yeah, that sounds crazy too, I know. But for some reason he just doesn't seem to fit there. Maybe that's why the dog was uncomfortable with him, because it didn't feel as if it belonged there.
Just a thought.
I really do love this experience for it's puzzling quality, it makes it even more fun and interesting to try and solve. Thank you for sharing, and welcome to YGS!

Jav 😊
champion (3 stories) (172 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
wifey4lifey - a ghost with enough energy to choke you is very unsettling and for you to get it to stop only to try it a second time is very intense. It seems to me that whatever it was wanted everyone out of the house and it was extremely upset that people were there. Did your aunt ever say anything about her home? There could be a good reason she went on vacation and when she never returned could have upset the spirit even more. Sorry for the loss of your aunt and thanks for sharing.

Champion
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-09-21)
[at] Mountaineer, according to webster's dictionary the first known use of the word Aunt was in the 14th Century. It was spoken in what was known as Middle English. If you click on this link and check out what words Aunt rhymes with you will see how it was first pronounced. Http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aunt

I do agree that the pronunciation has changed over time and people pronounce it differently according to where they are from. I myself, say "Ant" and being born and raised in Brooklyn I don't prounce my r's either. I say things like (cawfee, & wawta) LOL! 😆
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
wifey - I'm sorry for creeping you out, but that really is what I'm thinking. Doesn't mean I'm right, of course, just someone else's perspective.

If I were you, I would try and find out if there was someone who passed, family or friend, who was mentally slower or might have had a speech impediment even. There might be a connection somewhere to explain who he was and why he was so attached to Aunt Rita. But, that's only if I were you 😉 Not everyone is as...hmmmm...not even sure I can find a nice word to describe myself here... So I'll say "driven" LOL and let it be 😆
wifey4lifey (2 stories) (6 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-09-21)
Miracles and Cosmogal - OMG that is so creepy! What if the ghost WAS telling me that Aunt Rita was in her bed! Ewww! That could be a possibility. I never even considered that theory.

That could also be why he tried to choke me, because I deliberately ignored him when he first tried to get my attention.

I'm glad to get other peoples perspectives...
Mountaineer (4 stories) (176 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
[at] cosmogirl: pronouncing aunt like "ont" isn't necessarily the correct way to pronounce the word. It's part of an accent, like how people pronounce pecan as "pea-can" versus "picon". And like how people from new jersey don't say "r"s at the end of words, I.e.: car as "ca", jar as "ja", and so on.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
Miracles,
You want to know something? That was my forth thing that came into my mind.

My first thought was when I read the title was that she actually got ants in the bed.

My second thought came when Wifey4lifey mentioned that she woke to see the ghost, I thought he was warning her that ants were in her bed.

My third thought was that this man was protecting your aunt by scaring Wifey4lifey out of the bed.

My forth thought was the aunt might have come to the house and was sleeping her her own bed.
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
+1
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
cosmogal - thank you, thank you 😆 Glad I'm not alone in that pot of stew 😆
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
LOL! Miracles, us and our crack pot theories. 😆
I actually forgot to mention that I can totaly see where you are coming from with the disability.
Heck let's just throw them all in and make a crack pot stew. 😆 ❤
dustyisdead (2 stories) (90 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-21)
this story is kind of fun to decipher actually...

My theory is that, because of this southern accent, when he said "aunt rita's bed" you heard "ants in "da" bed".
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-09-21)
wifey - okay 😊, even thought I pulled a huge Dumb Blonde last night, I still can't get this thought out of my head. So here goes.

Aunt Rita died on vacation, right? (Yep, helps when you read the story again, huh? LOL) So, her spirit wouldn't have stayed "on vacation", would it? Where would she go? Home. What if, and Heaven help me I'm probably going to get in trouble for suggesting this, but what she was in her bed? I'm sorry, creepy I know, but seriously, what if that's exactly what he was telling you? "Aunt Rita was lying in her bed?" Not that it was Aunt Rita's bed, but she was there and y'all just didn't see her.

Just another "crackpot theory" 😉
Indigo (263 posts)
+1
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
I had the same impression as miracles. A mentally handicapped man highly upset that you were sleeping in your "ants" (aunts) bed.
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
wifey - nevermind. Good grief, I should have read this again before I asked that question. Dumb Blonde Moment, y'all. Who has the crown? 😆
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
wifey - mmm... Just a thought. Where did Aunt Rita die? Did she die in her bed?
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
You are very welcome wifey. I am glad that I was able to help you out a little. I am no expert or anything, but as a good friend used to say, sometimes our "crackpot theories" do make sense once in a while. LOL! 😆 ❤
wifey4lifey (2 stories) (6 posts)
+3
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
Cosmogal - Its funny you should mention that the resident ghost would get angry if it feels you are being disrespectful, I left out a part of the story to keep it short. Right before the ghost slammed and locked the bedroom door, my husband and our cousin Chris where running around the house chasing each other yelling and laughing like little kids.

I was amused, but I can see how the ghost may have been upset by it. Its all starting to make sense now.

Thanks Cosmo!
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
wifey, I just posted my comment and noticed that you mentioned the pronunciation. LOL! I had been trying to compose my comment for a while, but kept getting pulled away from the computer. 😊 ❤
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
+1
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
I think that the pronunciation of the two words is what is making the o/p not connect them. A lot of people say "Ant" and "Aunt" the same way which is making us wonder if the ghost acutally meant Aunt Rita. Others pronounce "Aunt" differently... Like (Ont) which is the correct way to say it.
I do believe that it could have been the resident ghost that watches over the house and the people who own it. There is a technical name for them, but I can't seem to remember it. Your husband could have picked up on the vibe and that is why he was hesitant about sleeping in her room. These types of spirits can get angry and even a little violent if they feel you entered without permission or have been disrespectful. I'm glad your father-in-law was able to get it to calm down and open the door.
This was very interesting, thanks for sharing your experience. 😊
wifey4lifey (2 stories) (6 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-09-20)
PJOD - maybe I didn't make the connection because of the way the word was pronounced. I know some people pronounce the word "Aunt" like 'Ant'.

Or maybe it was referring to us being in the bed like we were pesky ants in the bed, that's what the other couple that was with us said.

My husband was a Disaster Housing Inspector at the time and when he was working in New Orleans he lived in the house with Aunt Rita. He told me the entire time he was living there he never encountered the ghost. Maybe with two families and a dog being there the ghost was unsettled.
Pjod (3 stories) (978 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-09-20)
not sure why you still don't connect the ant vs aunt thing here... Being it was your Aunts home, I don't see why you're so focused on the insect version of that word/statement. Someone was obviously upset you were sleeping in your aunts bed... And he must have known you or heard you refer to Rita as your aunt before retiring that first night.
wifey4lifey (2 stories) (6 posts)
+1
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
Miracles51031 - You know you could be right, that's all I heard it say, it truly did have a problem with us being in the house, even the dog could sense that.
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-09-20)
wifey - it's just the way you said he said it. Sometimes when I read stories, I get an impression. That's what I got. I'm not saying I'm right, so please don't take it that way.

It's just, to me, it sounds like something someone who is slower, who wouldn't understand why strangers are sleeping in Aunt Rita's bed, might say.
wifey4lifey (2 stories) (6 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-09-20)
KimSouth0 and Scorp2011 I am 100% positive with no doubts that the ghost said "Ants in the bed" I still wonder what it means.

Miracles51031 No one passed recently that I knew of, why, do you think it is a "disturbed" ghost?
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-09-20)
wifey4lifey - was there someone in Aunt Rita's life who passed who was mentally challenged?
Scorp2011 (18 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
I agree with KimSouth0's remark. Perhaps "[Your] aunt's in the bed." Or meaning This is your aunt's bed.
The same sentiment applies to the locking of her bedroom door. (This is her room not yours.] If you are in charge of the estate settlement, consider having daytime company to clear Aunt Rita's room. Which leaves: If you actually saw something your mind did not make up to make the announcement, who could it be?
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
+5
6 years ago (2011-09-20)
Maybe it wasn't Ants in the bed, maybe he was refering to Aunts in the bed. Perhaps he had looked out for Aunt Rita living there alone and was concerned or worried seeing someone else inhabiting her ber bed and was confused she was not there.

God Bless!

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