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Living Room Moments

 

My family is very close. When I was young we would spend much time together talking, eating, playing games, singing and dancing, and planning in our living room. I have several stories to share that have occurred right there in my old living room.

When my family first moved into this house it was very exciting. We spent many late nights enjoying each others company. From the living room you could see straight through the kitchen into the family room. Every once in a while, mostly at night, you could see human figures passing by the door way of the family room. Shadows would unexpectedly appear from one side and disappear in the other. No sound of opening or closing doors.

I would always think that the shadows were an optical illusion or some reflection of light, but one night I turned to look just in time and saw, straight on, a figure move from left to right with no face. It would help me cope when we would have extended family visit and say they saw unknown people, passing by, out in the empty, unlit room from time to time. I still see it happen to today when I visit my Dad.

One night, years ago, my Moms whole family came to talk about my Grandfather, who just passed away. We were reminiscing about him when the television popped on to my Grandfathers favorite show and the smell of his Winston cigarettes filled the air. No one else smoked that brand in or around our home. We took it as a sign that he was happy we were all together talking about him, I still miss that man.

All families have their ups and downs. One evening, while in the living room, we were discussing some items that didn't sit well with the majority. As we were arguing we witnessed a group of containers lift from our kitchen table and fly across the kitchen slamming into the cabinets. I tried to rationalize what just transpired by recreating it. Our dining table sat lower the backs of the chairs, which would have made it impossible to fall off the table with out being lifted. The force of the slam would also lead me to believe that the containers themselves would have cracked, which they did not. In the end we settled our quarrel quickly and moved on to a happier subject.

Last Halloween I visited my Dad, Sister and Nephew at the house. (I moved after getting married.) I wanted to escort my Nephew around the block to gather candies. The whole evening I was there I witnessed what looked like black arrows darting around the house. They were in the kitchen, in the living room, in my Sisters room. They were driving me nuts!

We left the house to go "Trick or Treating" and had a blast walking around admiring all the costumes. When we came home we sent the boy to wash up for sleep and checked his candy. The shadow arrows started up again. I finally told my wife I was seeing them, she however didn't. A couple hours later, around midnight, I cleaned up my mess; put away my Ukulele, and Dads Bass to get ready to go home. I finally mentioned what I was seeing to my Father.

The living room lights were turned down, the only lights on in the house at the time. "Dad, I keep seeing these flying shadows! Look like arrows moving fast like bugs." He replied with. "It could just be your shadow playing off the walls in the room!" I wasn't too sure about that, but the shadows all of a sudden stopped and from the kitchen door my Father and I heard what sounded like a vibrating growl!

Grrrrrrrr... GrrrrrrrrRRRRR! We stared at the door way and then looked at each other in confusion. The sound didn't come from the darkened kitchen, or from in the living room. It came from right inside the archway of the door, about five feet up from the ground. It was plain as day. A growl which stopped my heart and gave my Dad "Chicken Skin" or goose bumps, whatever you prefer.

We never figured out what it was or what it was meant to be. I'm just happy I never heard it again!

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4d (15 stories) (167 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-08-13)
Hanbobs,
Not anything different than the occasional shadow at my dads. My home however is different. Recently I have been getting a feeling or sensation on my skin, like cobb webs or hair running over it. I first experienced that at my fathers home. 😕 By the way my wife is fine and thanks for asking! Take care, Aloha - 4d ❤
Hanbobs (20 stories) (119 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-08-13)
Any strange occurences recently 4d? And I hope your wife and baby are well. 😁
Hanbobs x
4d (15 stories) (167 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-29)
Hanbobs,
Thanks, will do! I'll try keeping a log at home with times and dates too. Aloha - 4d ❤
Hanbobs (20 stories) (119 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-29)
Well maybe you were drawn to each other by these strange shapes and they are your demons/guardians! 😆 I'm pretty sure your both just being looked after by those who have passed over. Keep us all posted on the behaviour of your intruders! Aloha
Hanbobs x
4d (15 stories) (167 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-29)
Hanbobs,
You know what is really crazy... My wife also had similar experiences in her home before I even met her. It seems like we have more in common than we thought! 😆 Anyways, I really liked your story of your grandmother, thanks for sharing. The "Growl" bothers me still to today. I was seeing these bug like shadows all night and as soon as I tell somebody, my Dad, it seemed to have gotten upset. Oh well, Take care. Aloha - 4d
Hanbobs (20 stories) (119 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-23)
Your stories are really interesting! I've noticed that in this story and in Living Room Moments 2, you see similar things but in 2 completely different house. And both 'figures' seem to have no face.
It's nice that your Grandfather visited, after my Grandmother died we used to get a strong smell of Lavender (which is what she always smelt like).
The growls I cannot explain but they don't sound good. 😕
Spirits can 'latch' on to a certain person - they don't just a haunt a spacific home or area. Maybe this spirit you are seeing of the odd shadows has latched itself onto you?
But from this story and your follow up story I would say your Grandfather and Mum have deffinately visited! 😁
Hanbobs x
4d (15 stories) (167 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-19)
dreamergal72,
No, we never tried looking into the houses history. It is very difficult to find written information on some areas of the island. There have been many battles and wars in these areas in old Hawaii and a lot of times, when we have construction, bones of our ancestors are unearthed. Some times places are just built on old unknown burial grounds. We also have belief that there are areas on the islands that are part of a spirit path, where our dead pass between living and dead spaces. Some of my friends homes have been built on these paths and sometimes they get people walking through there homes at different times of day or night. I know it seems made up and fakey, but what ever it is that is happening, it is not our own doing. 😆 The only thing I know about the prior owners is that the house was extended with two added rooms and two more baths. The family room we see the shadow people in was added by them. It used to be a patio. Aloha - 4d ❤
dreamergal72 (6 stories) (793 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-15)
Wow, Have you ever try to look up the house or the land of history and wonder why that growl come from it's has something to do the land or the house even thought you all don't know what going on before you all move before the 80's

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