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Changing The Things I Cannot Accept

 

Things move around sometimes in a home that has people in it who are experiencing an emotional upheaval. People say that poltergeist activities are usually centered around adolescents. I am turning thirty-nine this year; but that is besides the point. I have an active imagination and I am always at the center of some creative whirlwind, wherever I go. I was also divorced last year after ten fruitless years of marriage. Last year was not my best time.

I had to move back in with my mom and my stepfather. At the time of these "goings-on" they lived in Hahira, Georgia. I was upset but I know that I tried very hard to have a good attitude about having to start my life over again - for the fifth time.

It wasn't just me that brought the attitude to the house in Hahira - there was a good amount of it there already. During the time we lived there, every single one of us heard footsteps walking around and a child talking outside the house.

My stepfather, Mark, was the first person to hear the child. Mark smokes cigarettes like nobody's business. Back and forth on the porch out back, all hours of the day and night. He has a herniated disc in his back which facilitates the behavior of being awake all night and all day. He reported hearing a child, who seemed to be trying to get his attention, shortly after midnight. It said:

"Mark! Mark! Mark!" in an excited whisper.

He said that the sound was close by his face; but the flood lights illuminated anything nearby and there was nothing to be seen at the time. The porch, he was sitting on, was a concrete square that was attached to the ground. There was no one there but himself. He started smoking on the front porch after that.

To be honest, when he said that, I thought: "Obviously, he needs a good night's sleep." I thought this, despite the fact that I was hearing footsteps all the time and my personal items were being moved all over the house. Two times, I had the unique experience of finding all of my socks separated from each other in my drawer. I can be scatterbrained but there's no way that I am the cause of that one.

I changed my mind, about the "child", one day when I met a little boy, named Colin, who was coasting around, aimlessly, in our back yard. I got his attention and asked him if he was looking for anything. He said he was looking for a child that lived in my house. I told Colin that no children live in my house - or ever have. It was a new house and my parents were the first people to live there. Colin looked confused. He asked if Mark lived there. I said:

"Sure! Mark lives here but he's 67. Who are you looking for?"

Colin, still confused, did not answer me and ran off. He came back after about two hours and insisted that there was a little boy that lived in my house and this boy told Colin to come back later to play. He was certain that a child, about his own age of 7 or 8, was there, living in my house. He said he saw him that same day.

Well, this mysterious child in my house was the subject of much speculation; but, of course, we never got any answers about that. Colin, I found out, lived nearby; but Mark said he had never seen Colin before. It was very startling that Colin asked for Mark. At that time, I thought that there was a connection between Colin and whatever was pestering Mark outside, while he was smoking. I feel silly about this but, after first meeting Colin, I began to entertain the idea that a ghost "child" had told Colin about the people he "lives with". In reality, it was probably only like this: Colin knew who Mark was and, since I was a dead-end for his questioning, he wanted to ask Mark about the "boy who lives with us".

And poor little Colin never did stop asking about him, as long as we lived there. I asked Colin what the boy's name was but he said:

"I don't know. I didn't ask."

I may have even had an interaction with this "child". The same day that Colin first came looking for "him", I was in the backyard. The backyard of this house is huge and open. I was standing somewhere near the middle when a small chunk of concrete came sailing out of empty space and hit me in the collar bone. With my eyes looking along the lines of the possible trajectory, I stooped down and picked up the concrete. I stayed in the yard for half an hour - a half hour that was filled with speculative minutes. No one ever became visible. It didn't matter - there wasn't any way for anyone to be able to hit me with such speed and accuracy from the cover of the woods, four hundred yards away.

Eventually, I stopped wondering about the concrete. Not long after that, something else happened, inside the house, that seemed like it was beyond what I consider to be "poltergeist activity".

One day, while my stepfather was at an appointment with his VA doctor, I had, what seemed to me to be, a negative interaction with something:

I was sitting in my room reading my email and I heard footsteps pass in the hall behind me. They went in my mother's room and I heard the light switch go off. I got up and walked to her bedroom door, which was open. There were no lights on; but everything was clearly visible since, as far as I can remember, it was around noon. I saw no one in there but I knew someone went that way and didn't come out. Her closet door was shut and I could see that the light was on. I went to the door and asked:

"Mom? Are you in the closet?"

"No," said someone who was most definitely in there. It sounded like her.

I thought to myself: "What fresh Hell is this?" I am used to my mother's attitude but this was a new development.

I backed out of her room slowly, down the hall and into the kitchen, where I was able to see out of the window from which you can view a considerable portion of the backyard. She was far out in the backyard pulling up weeds. She was not in the closet.

I asked her, when she came in, if she had somehow heard me ask that question. She didn't know what I was talking about.

I think that was the turning point for me. I decided to stop being a bemused bystander in my own house. There have been many times that I have recommended, on this site in the comments, that people give "Rook's Cleansing" a try. That is because I used his method over the course of three days - while my parents were out of town. Never heard a peep after that day.

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Jubeele (20 stories) (817 posts)
+4
2 weeks ago (2020-06-21)
Rex and I have been keeping busy in our corner of the world, caring for our neighbours and trying to keep the peace. Glad to hear you've made the move safely to Florida. Sending you our wishes that all goes well for you.

Bummer. System won't let me give you an upvote. But here's a couple anyway: +1+1+1 😊
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2020-06-21)
Happy Father's Day to all of the awesome dads out there! ❤ You know who you are!
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2020-06-20)
Hi Jubeele,

I did Rook's Cleansing while my mother and Mark were out of town. The moment they came back they both said how nice the atmosphere was in the house. They weren't too specific on what they thought; but, to be honest, while they were gone I gave the entire house a badly needed CLEANING - in addition to the Cleansing. It might be that they were mostly impressed by the lack of dust and cat hair. Mark never complained about hearing voices or any other harassments after they came back.

I understand that Rook's Cleansing should be done periodically; but we moved out of that house in March. We live in Florida now - though, I don't live with my parents anymore. I am glad that they were there for me when I needed them.

Colin, however, mentioned the little boy several times, while we were still living there. He said that he never saw him again but continued to wonder. Colin is a little kid that is full of conversation - and he ran certain subjects into the ground. It could be that Colin knew that there was something really odd and that's why the subject stayed alive in his mind.

I'm so glad to see you on YGS again! It seems like it's been a while. I hope that you and Rex-T are doing well, keeping busy and having fun.

- Maria
Jubeele (20 stories) (817 posts)
+6
2 weeks ago (2020-06-20)
Hi Maria

Poltergeist activities could seem more prevalent among adolescents because it is a period of change. The resultant uncertainties and turmoil cause a great amount of energy being emitted, thus fueling the activities. But I've known this to also happen with adults undergoing emotional or physical stress in their lives. They have told me of strange events like things being thrown around with no obvious reason, going missing or appearing.

The mimicking voice of your mother in the closet does show some measure of awareness. Perhaps a ploy to get your attention or some kind of prank? The mysterious boy was clearly not a residual 'playback'. Did Mark or Colin ever mention any contact from him again since your cleansing?

I'm really glad you found Rook's cleansing method helpful. Stay safe and be well.
Bibliothecarius (8 stories) (1032 posts)
+5
2 weeks ago (2020-06-19)
Thanks, Lealeigh, for confirming that! Pesky points won't let me upvote you or Alina5 at the moment.
-Biblio.
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
+2
2 weeks ago (2020-06-19)
Hi Biblio!

Yes, I wrote the things you are remembering. They were the rambling comments of my first story for YGS. That first story began with something vague that happened outside to me at night. Over time, I came to a clearer belief that there were many things going on at the same time. At the time I wrote my first story, I didn't know Colin's name yet. This story might be seen as a recap of the things that I understood later; but my first and second drafts were so confusing when I tried to reconcile this story and the first one together that I just gave up.

I am sorry about creating confusion - but, on the other hand, I am really pleased that you remember my rambling comments from last August! You have a great memory!
Bibliothecarius (8 stories) (1032 posts)
+4
2 weeks ago (2020-06-19)
Greetings, LeaLeigh.

I'm caught up on the same two points as VeronicaMarie. I swear I've read a story similar to your description of the Colin/Mark incident, perhaps it was here on YGS. I can never be quite sure (when I recall an event in this manner) if I am remembering the past or if my precognition is acting up. While I don't recall all of the details, I'm pretty sure that "Mark" was the name involved.

On the point about your mother's walk-in closet, Rook's cleansing was definitely the way to deal with it! When you asked, "Mom? Are you in the closet?" and got the honest response "No," you were dealing with a sentient spirit that examined your sentence and equivocated by responding to the first part of your inquiry (i.e.: "Mom") in a manner that could lead you to believe that it was responding to the entirety of your question. As it also mimicked your mother's voice, you *could* have been dealing with a trickster entity, but my feeling is that it was something more negative and manipulative in nature.

I really enjoyed reading this, even though I've now got goosebumps.

Best,
Biblio.
lady-glow (12 stories) (2657 posts)
+3
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Lealeigh.

This is a very interesting experience and the thread of comments very informative.

I'm glad that Rook's cleansing method helped not only the people living in the house, but the spirits spending overtime there too.

It's a good thing that "your mother's voice" wasn't enough a reason to make you open the closet's door.

Great story, thanks for sharing.
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
+1
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Hi SWS,

I am happy that you enjoyed reading my story. I don't think I will ever know who was in my mom's closet. She had a walk-in closet at the time - with a mirror and everything; so it was actually a small room. All of us moved out of that house in March 2020.

The incident with the concrete amused me for a long time. I wasn't afraid because it didn't seem like it was done to hurt me. I actually kept the piece of concrete on the grill outside. My stepfather could never remember why I had it on the grill; so he kept throwing it in the yard. I stopped picking it back up after I did the Cleansing on our house.

- Maria
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Hi Melda,

I also think much of what happened goes beyond Poltergeist activity. There were personal interactions. I do think that I was creating some of the problem with my emotional state though. The circumstances that led to my divorce in the Spring of 2019 were beyond reasonable differences - when I moved back in with my parents, I was so furious at my ex-husband that I could almost feel the negative energy radiating out of me.

If I were a lost spirit, I would have seen my energy level, at that time, as a luminous beacon in the dark. So, you are probably right. Maybe something lost was attracted to me because I could help it.

Thank you for reading my story and for your thoughtful perspective!

- Maria
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Alina5,

I don't mind if you call me by my screen name or my first name, Maria. Either one is good. I think the activity took a while to build up before all three of us, who were living in the house, were ready to talk to each other about it. Especially my stepfather. I noticed strange things long before I would say anything about them too.

I moved in with them in May 2019 but they (my parents) had only been there since February 2019. It is entirely possible that the activity escalated when I got there because of my emotional state.
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
+1
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Hi VeronicaMarie,

It was extremely confusing for my stepfather's name to come up. Colin insisted that the boy came out of my house.

The little boy who died there was named George Lawson - and I was mistaken about TB. He died of dropsy at the age of 12. The property records show that a house used to be in the immediate area; but it was demolished at the end of the 1800's to make room for the railroad tracks.

The child spirit probably had nothing to do with George. There were many families in the area and "Mark" was common enough of a name.

We didn't go to the cemetery ourselves. The guy at the library showed it to us on Google Maps.

- Maria
Sleeping-with-steve (8 stories) (433 posts)
+1
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Hello LeaLeigh,

I don't know how I missed this post of yours. 🤔

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to know who was in the closet, who threw the concrete, and who the ghost child is.

Please keep us posted.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Off it goes to my favourites along with your others. 😉

Best wishes,
SWS
😘
Melda (9 stories) (1272 posts)
+2
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Lealeigh - This doesn't sound like poltergeist activity to me. I'm no expert but just my humble opinion.

I think that the piece of concrete thrown at you was simply to attract your attention, by whichever spirit was there at the time, perhaps the boy spirit, perhaps not. The impression I get is that there were a few of them hanging around seeking attention.

Also, have you considered that they were using Colin and Mark and therefore indirectly you yourself, to release them from their bond to this realm?

Just a thought. I'm happy that you did the cleansing. Hopefully you assisted them to move on, which is perhaps what they wanted to do all along.

Regards, Melda
Alina5 (3 stories) (126 posts)
+9
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Maria,

I was debating on the conscience wheather I'll call you "Lealeigh" or "Maria", considering it will be a little informal on my side (atleast my belief). But as a genuine compliment you have a quite pleasing name.

Thank you for the reply. Researching the background of the property was a wise decision. The older properties do seemingly have a lot of history attached to them.

However, this one thing which strikes my mind is

Why it all happened on a sudden instance? If the boy had died long ago, assuming the fact it was never witnessed before.

Probably the emotional turmoil in the house had aided this event?

The closest woman don't have any particular reasoning for her apperance but glad everything subsided without any harm.

Peace
VeronicaMarie (5 stories) (91 posts)
+3
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Fascinating story,Maria. I'm sort of stuck on your stepfather hearing 'Mark,' and the little boy asking where Mark was as well. Seems virtually impossible that Colin could have been talking about your stepdad, since neither of you had ever met the boy before. I keep wondering if there really was a little boy in the area coincidentally named Mark, maybe the little boy who died of tuberculosis. Is there any way to check out where this family was buried? As for the voice in the closet, and the footsteps going into your mom's room... Goosebumps right now! I'm very glad that the cleansing worked, but can't help wondering just who that was in the closet.
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
+1
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Alina5,

I am happy that you enjoy reading the things that I write. The feeling is mutual!

I agree. The child spirit wanted to connect with living people very badly. It resorted to actions that I think a living child would - throwing objects, scaring people in the yard at night. My stepfather is, for some reason, a person that all children like - even though he acts far more elderly than his years.

Whenever I hear about the ghosts of children, I usually think that the spirit is not what it seems. However, in this case, I am inclined to think that it may have been a real child's ghost:

After the situation with Colin and the piece of concrete that hit me in the yard, I went to the library and looked at old property records. In the 1850's a man owned our property as part of a larger plantation. Both his son and daughter died of tuberculosis at young ages and were buried nearby. It may be that his son is a spirit that has stuck around. Maybe he couldn't find his way, since he was a child and may not have understood enough about death to be able to find a connection between death and his own circumstances.

The voice in my mom's closet was not welcome. Everything else that was going on seemed harmless. I ended up having to do Rook's Cleansing by myself because I did not have the support of my parents. They were willing to say that there was something funny going on; but not moved to do anything about it.

I think that the Cleansing was aided by my strong will and ability to set boundaries with people - living or otherwise. Like I said, I am glad that you enjoyed reading my story and for your thoughtful comments!

-Marias
Alina5 (3 stories) (126 posts)
+2
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
Hello Lealeigh,

First of all, I'll applaud your detailed writing ability, your descriptive narratives are often my pleasure to read.

You seemed to have been experiencing quite unnerving series of events.

About the child spirit, I could be clearly visualise that it was craving for some human attention in any ways considering how he tried to bother your step-father and that little Collin boy. But the behaviour of this spirit seemed to be likely shady to me. Since it was discussing about your step-father to the child can mean that probably he was quite attracted to him. Probably is legitimate for a child spirit to do. I don't think so.

Before you started interrogating this Collin boy a cement boulder attacked you. Probably the spirit wasn't pretty impressed with the idea or wanted to stop you nonetheless.

The closet incident was quite freaky. I admire your presence of mind and guidance of actions in this matter. Rookdygin's ritual was probably the best possible thing to be done and you're indeed courageous to perform the entire ritual all alone.

Peace
Lealeigh (5 stories) (462 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2020-06-17)
LuciaJacinta,

Yes. It was a little weird. This experience is why I have recommended Rook's Cleansing many times. It stayed calm in and around the house until March 2020, when I moved to Florida. I hope the next people to live there don't run into any problems.

Thank you for reading my story!
LuciaJacinta (8 stories) (281 posts)
+2
2 weeks ago (2020-06-16)
That. Is. Freaky.

This story is really unnerving buy I'm glad the cleansing methods worked for you.

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