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I was around 13 years old, I was living in my grandmother's house at the time. My grandfather had died when my mom was 13, so I was unfortunate to never meet him. I went to middle school in Palm City, and the school didn't start until 9'oclock so I was left alone for a couple of hours in the morning. It wasn't until one morning I was getting ready for school, I walked into the kitchen for a glass of juice. I placed my glass on the counter and I happen to look up through the window that looks into the hallway. I was startled to see a man looking back at me, literally he was standing two feet from me, I dropped the juice and ran out of the kitchen. I noticed that I didn't hear any footsteps, I turned around and there was no one there, the man had vanished. I called my mom up at work and told her, she said that it was nothing and to go to school.

Later I told my grandma and she said that she was not surprised that I saw him. After questioning her, she told my that my grandfather died in the house, which he had built. That she had seen him many times, as if he was watching over his family. I only saw him once after that, he was standing in the same hallway looking almost sad and then vanished, it was the day I moved out.

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hazzardsyndrome (10 stories) (121 posts)
13 years ago (2009-02-08)
such a sweet and sad story. I never got a chance to meet my grandfather and recently my grandma passed, unfortunatly iv'e never seen my grandfather or had any sense of my grandma so perhaps they both moved on
Thanks for sharing, I really liked your story
Take care
ominousnyxx (10 stories) (136 posts)
14 years ago (2008-05-18)
Ghostgal: Well you could say that Year 7-8 is our middle school. But not really;p

See when we finally finish Year 6. We do a final test which determines what class we'll be in, in year 7.

Low test scores - Dumb class
High test scores - Smart class

- The subjects of each class is the same, but the teachings styles are different & the smart class get more complex homework and stuff

I was put in the second smartest class;p
But got moved to the higher class in year 8 because of my improvement. I found the teaching was much more complex, so I asked if I could go back to my normal class. Plus my friends were in my old class and I missed them xD

P.S; sorry for being off topic.
(I graduated from school already - Lol)

In Australia, no parent is proud of their child graduating high school. Well NOT really proud. Only if they get into UNI then you'll get praised. Lol

Well... Unless you know your child is really dumb and they actually graduated high school then the Parents would be proud.
GhostGal (6 stories) (104 posts)
14 years ago (2008-05-17)
Thats a cool system for school. Is there no middle school? Ours work like this. For me atleast

Preschool & kindergarten
Years 1-6 (elementry school)
years 7-8 (Middle shcool/junior high)
years 9-12 (high school)

In highschool people are usually dropping out every week or so. So parents are pretty proud when there kids graduate.

also, that is a lovely story. It was sad the day you moved out? That sad... He probably new he might not see you again in the house. But remember, they are always with you. Rather you can see em or not. They're always in youe heart. Thats what counts. But your lucky. My grandmother passed away b4 I was even born. Never seen her...

~Gejro ❤
ominousnyxx (10 stories) (136 posts)
14 years ago (2008-05-16)
That's a sweet story, has a very warm feeling.;]

sammie; You have to get to school by 7:45? What time do you start exactly? When I was at school (high school year) we start at 8:35am and primary year I started at 9:00am

Australian school system - We say Year 1 instead of 1st Grade or Grade 1;p We would sometimes say "1st Grade" etc.

Preschool or Kindergarten
Year 1 - 6 (Primary School)
Year 7 - 12 (High School Year)
Year 7 = Freshmen Year
Year 8 - 10 = Junior Year
Year 11 - 12 = Senior Year

(12th is the last year) in Australia you can quit school at year 10 to study at TAFE (a college that provides Certificates and Diplomas) TAFE is the most easiest "college" to get into. Lol.

College you need to finish Year 12 (grade 12) or be at a certain age level to obtain a Bachelor's degree - to obtain a Masters Degree in Aust College you need higher requirements.

University is the most complex one to gain entry straight away. You need remarkable test scores - Getting into Uni, you can choose to be Bachelor or Masters straight away.

sammie (28 posts)
14 years ago (2008-05-15)
awww man! You're soooo lucky not to have to go to school until 9! I have to be their by 7:45! Any way sweet story!
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
14 years ago (2008-05-06)
From what I gather, your grandfather was a caring man;he built this home that "embraced" his beloved family in good times and even bad times, one that offered you protection and always remained as a symbol of his devotion to you.It's only expected he'd be around to see for himself that you're well and to see that you're safe when alone at home 😊
poltergeist45 (1 stories) (46 posts)
14 years ago (2008-03-28)
Ashley, that was a great story and its also great that your granfather is watching over you. But it worries me that he looked sad. 😢. Mabey its time that he moves on instead of hanging around your house.

god bless you and your grandfather
whitebuffalo (guest)
15 years ago (2007-12-23)
Hi Ashley, You said that you were not fortunate enough to have met your Grandfather, and I will have to disagree with you. I think you did meet your Grandfather. Even though it was a startling experience for you. I think he was sad to see you leave as he thought he would not see you again in that house. I do hope you go back and visit! Thank you for your story.
Ohiowatha (11 stories) (415 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-31)
Cute story, Sturges! My grandmother and I had a deal that when she passed, she'd come back to check on me and say 'hi' in my dreams and whatnot. Unfortunately, this has not happened yet. Be thankful that your grandpops is still looking after you.

Happy Halloween!

Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-31)
Hi Ashley, thanks for sharing your story, it was lovely. I'm glad you got the chance to have an informal meeting with your Grandfather. That's so sweet, it seems as if he came to say good-bye when you were moving out. 😊
mustang (5 stories) (749 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-30)
I really liked your story. That's nice that your grandfather is there looking out for you and your family. I'm sure he looked sad because you were moving out. Thanks for your story! 😊 -Shelby ❤
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-30)
We are so blessed that loved ones often find ways to let us know we are still with them and that they love us.

God Bless!
haleybug (10 stories) (89 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-30)
ashley my papa passed when I was 2 and he didn't leave. I always herd him at night it seems they always want to keep an eye on us. ❤
melissagrove2000 (4 stories) (43 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-30)
Ashley, Thats a very sweet story. Your very lucky to have your grandfather watching over you. You were also lucky to not have to be at shcool until 9 o'clock! Best of luck to you.

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