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Ghost At My Window


I live in an apartment building in the Bronx. All my life I've been able to see, feel and hear spirits. I've always tried to dismiss this area of my quirky self. My son is the same way too.

On this night, I was smoking my last cigarette and going through the mail in the kitchen before retiring for bed.

The kitchen window has a fire escape, and down below is where the alley cats get it on. They were making weird howling sounds which sounded nothing like when they're getting it on.

It sounded kind of crazy. They all stopped, which is what got my attention. I'm so, so glad that I didn't have my glasses on when it happened.

I looked towards the window and I saw white hands on the fire escape bars. The spirit was pulling itself towards the window. I was scared as ish! I ran (do you hear me? RAN!) to my sons room, heart beating outta sheer fright! Didn't see the face, only the outline.

I told my son Chris what happened, so he went to look, only to say that nothing was there. He undoubtedly believes what happened to me as we share our experiences.

But this is one incident of many that's etched in my memory because this spirit got too close. Its frightful.

I don't like it when they manifest and I always get outta dodge because I don't want to see them. Scary!

This is an area of my life that I wish could be turned completely off.

How does a person cope with the ability to actually see or hear spirits? For years I've have always tried to mask it. Any suggestions from readers who have some knowledge on this would be greatly appreciated.

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creepydog (3 stories) (71 posts)
12 years ago (2012-01-20)
That wasn't that good man! But I believe you all the same! Look out for spirits all the time! I would be interested to hear some more of your stories! And do your eyes play up a lot? You said you wear glasses. Because it could have been a real live person. An intruder probably
Just try to relax! Anyway bye!
adw001 (1 stories) (1 posts)
12 years ago (2011-08-09)
In response to Geetha50, my son has seen this being more than once since I have lived here. It has haunted him for the longest. This incident wasn't the first. I did find out that a family lived in my apartment. The husband died here. About two weeks ago, I saw a silhouette of a male figure. It was hiding in the corner of my kitchen. The livingroom and kitchen are connected by a shared wall. My bedroom sits away from it. I caught sight of it when I went to the bathroom. I could see the outline of half the body. It didn't bother me, it just watched me. But as usual I hauled a-- and turned the light on.
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3329 posts) mod
12 years ago (2011-06-20)
geetha: No problem, sugar! ❤...And don't feel so all alone: we all have a lot to learn! 😆
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
12 years ago (2011-06-20)
Thanks for clarifying it for me. I guess I have a lot of learning to do! 😉
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3329 posts) mod
12 years ago (2011-06-20)
geetha: In my opinion and from what I understand of residual hauntings, the frequency of appearances at times, relates to the conditions of the original occurance...So, at times, the weather, time of day, date and moon phase can all factor in where a residual is concerned... It may happen daily, or only every decade, or more than once a day... It keeps things interesting! 😆
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
12 years ago (2011-06-20)
If it's a residual haunting, it would repeat itself right? So unless I missed something in the story, adw001 didn't mention that either her or her son ever seeing this particular ghost and any indication of the ghost (eg. Cats growling) before that night. So, could this not have residual haunting but an intelligent haunting? I'm saying this because adw001 wasn't there long enough to find out.
mossycat101 (guest)
12 years ago (2011-06-12)
All you have to do is relax and try to ignore it. It doesn't work for me, but it works for just about everyone else.
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
12 years ago (2011-06-10)
I have to ask the same thing. Why was it that you immediately went to the conclusion that you did? You weren't wearing your glasses so how could you not think of the possible alternative of it being an intruder?
Just saying...

bacchaegrl (506 posts)
12 years ago (2011-06-10)
Just wondering. Did you think it was a ghost right away? Did you ever think it was an intruder or a real live person to be afraid of? I'm just wondering how you knew it was a ghost right off the bat.
spollymot (2 posts)
12 years ago (2011-06-10)
Hi, I have had similar kinds of experiences over the years and have learnt to just tell them that they are welcome to stay but please do not show yourselves, (as I too am scared of seeing them). It has worked for me so hope it works for you. Good luck.xx
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
12 years ago (2011-06-10)
That's pretty crazy! I think what you saw might have been a residual haunting, unless the spirit interacted with you in some way. Do you know anything about the person that lived in your apartment before you? I would have been afraid that it was a real person too.

As far as coping, you can either choose to deal with it or ignore it altogether. The more you ignore it and learn not to react to it, over time it shuts off so to speak. Now as far as just dealing with it, firstly you have to accept that being able to see these things is not necessarily a curse, though it can feel like one at times. On the contrary, it's a gift! You can try and help these wayward spirits "find the light" or move on, and sometimes you can set the bad ones straight. Sometimes you can offer comfort to the ones who feel lost, scared and alone. The biggest part about learning to accept it is to understand that most spirits you see were once people just like you and I, and they are still hanging around for some reason. Treat them as you would treat a human being. It's really tough to get past being scared, but if you can master that, then I think you'll be fine. 😊

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