This situation centers on my mother-in-law, who happens to be Vietnamese. Although it doesn't directly affect me, I might have had an experience that's related to her.
Just a brief background on my in-laws. My wife and her family came over from Vietnam in the early 90s. I'm not very close to my mother-in-law. Partly because she speaks limited English, but also because she's not a social person. She doesn't own a driver's license. She spends most of the day in the gardens around her house. In fact, my wife's parents own two properties. My mother-in-law lives in one house, while my father-in-law lives in the other. The houses are next to each other. I always assumed it was because they're different types of people, who don't always get along with one another. But as it turns out, there's more to it than that.
My wife and father-in-law told me that my mother-in-law often uses an Ouija Board to talk to ghosts. My father-in-law said she usually does it at night. She likes her privacy when she does it and doesn't like it when he comes over to her house. But he also told me he's not comfortable going over there at night. As he puts it, he doesn't feel good.
He has also said that she talks to her parents often. Both passed within the last 5 years. He doesn't get involved with what she's doing, but he hears her laughing occasionally, like they're talking about old times. I guess he finds it creepy, but he also acknowledges that she has some type of gift that enables her to do that.
I have not talked to my mother-in-law about any of this. Most of my information comes from her husband. But I have no reason to doubt what he says.
How this might relate to me is as follows. Their houses are on the same corner block. But another house sits between them. Basically my in-laws can walk to each other's home, because they removed the fence that separates their properties. But on the corner sits another house that they don't own. An older gentleman lived there and I actually spoke to him once. He came over from Europe a long time ago. He told he bought his house with cash and he was proud that he never had to take out a loan to buy anything. He also avoided using credit cards. He was a decent guy by all means.
My mother-in-law wished he would put his house up for sale one day, so she could buy it and own all three properties. But that never happened.
Anyway, one day my family and I were visiting them. I happened to walk into my mother-in-law's backyard. She had a small rose garden planted there. I noticed her neighbor looking over the fence into her garden from the sidewalk, not his house. He noticed me and said, "It's beautiful." I agreed with him, but didn't get into a conversation with him. Then I went off to find my family.
It wasn't until later that something strange occurred to me. My father-in-law told me a few months earlier that his neighbor had passed away, due to a heat attack. But it was the same guy I had seen on the sidewalk. I asked my father-in-law who was living next door to him now. He said it was family members of the guy who used to live there.
I can't say for sure, but I might have seen a ghost that day without realizing it. I do know their neighbor was happy when they moved in. He thought they were kind, quiet people. And he was fond of my mother-in-law's garden. My thought is this, since she tends to speak to people who have passed, could it have attracted her neighbor back?
I'm not the type of person to think that everything unexplained is a ghost. But every once in a while I come across odd experiences like this. I've had enough of them to understand that some people just seem to be prone to this type of thing happening. I guess I'm one of them. It's not all the time, but I do notice it occasionally.
Anyway, these aren't the types of topics you can bring up with just anyone. I prefer to share them here, with people who have a better understanding of where I'm coming from. I wonder about them, but usually in silence. I don't want to make others uncomfortable.