I am 57 and retired, living in the south GA town of Douglas. For months, I have heard tapping coming from my closet. Being retired, and sometimes having back pain, I watch most of my TV in my bedroom.
The tapping comes mostly once a day, but sometimes twice. It always comes from my bedroom closet, which is nearby, with the door always open. It happens at random times, mostly in the afternoons or evenings, sometimes as late as 11:30 pm. It is always three quick taps, and sounds like wood against wood. I have imagined that is what drum sticks sound like when tapped together.
It is quite loud. I have heard it from my computer room across the hall. I have three cats, which often lie on the bed, and they always perk up and look toward the closet when it happens. It has happened at least once a day for months.
My mother died last July, and friends have suggested it is her, letting me know she is okay and cares about me. But we were not that close. In life, she never called me by phone. I had to do the calling if it was done. My late father called me frequently.
I am sure it is paranormal. No pipes in the closet. No rodents in the walls could make that sound, and I don't have rodents.
Recently, a female friend of mine from out of state came down for the funeral of a mutual friend in middle Georgia. I travelled up there and we stayed in the same motel. We had talked for six years by phone (I met her on a web site for fans of a popular bands of the 1970's through the early 2000s), and had great conversations about many things, talking for hours. This was the first time I met her in person, and yes, she sent me photos of herself, and I sent her photos of myself).
For four days, we had a great time, visiting historic sites, museums, visiting friends of mine, etc. Mostly we used my car in this, and while driving, that "tap tap tap" sound occurred once a day in the car, sounding like it was next to my left knee. The few times we used her car, it did not happen. She heard it. On her last night, we ate at a busy restaurant, and during the meal, that tapping occurred, at my left leg or knee. She heard it.
When she left, I stayed an extra day to visit good school friends, twin boys, who I have known since 1st grade. While chatting in their living room, that tapping happened next to my left thigh as I sat on their sofa. One of the boys said, "What was that?" I had not told them about the tapping before. I then explained it. They were astonished. So, the tapping is real and paranormal, no doubt about it.
Another thing, my female friend has given me gifts over the years. A couple or three years ago, she sent me a pair of drum sticks. They have sat on the top of a bookshelf in my bedroom, across the room from the closet, since then. I recently tapped them together and they sound like the tapping noises. I wonder if this is a sign.
I have had designs to marry her, long before this visit, but she always puts me off. Sometimes she has stopped calling for weeks or months, but she always calls back, and we resume our fun phone calls. She had a couple of bad marriages, and like many women, they don't trust marriage anymore. I know she is torn about that with me, as I am a well-adjusted, educated, polite person, who treats women well, and she eventually calls again and our relationship resumes.
Since she gave me these drum sticks I wonder if it is message about her. Is it warning me to not pursue her for some reason, or is it to encourage me to keep trying? After this visit and she returned home, I expressed my feelings to her, on the phone, and she was not receptive, saying she was happy living alone. The call ended without rancor, but the next day she sent me an e-mail asking me to distance myself from her. That is all I read of this short paragraph.
I believe in the old adage, "What you don't know can't hurt you?" I now have the attitude that if she is a true friend, she will call me again eventually. If not a true friend, she won't call. I am not the type to harass women, so I will not call her. She did all of the calling anyway, since her life is so busy with work and other things, and mine is not very busy, and I am almost always available to talk.
I know this forum is not about romance, but I wonder if there is a connection to my friend, since she gave me those drum sticks, and the tapping sounds exactly like them. If not, what else could it mean? I am open to any and all ideas.