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The Empty Rocking Chair


My best friend was expecting her first child in four months. One evening, she invited me over for dinner, and I hadn't seen her new place yet, so I went.

It was a cute little two bedroom, and the baby furniture she had picked was a collection of antiques from all over. The dark cherry wood was polished to a high sheen, and she was very proud of her choices.

The Antique Rocker was a gift from her mother. Her mother had found it at an estate sale. The person, who owned the rocker, had passed away a year earlier, and her adult children didn't want to keep it. Robbie wasn't a believer in things being haunted, so she happily accepted the gift.

It sat in a corner of the living room, its ornate carved surface, made it the center piece of the room. She ran over and sat in it, explaining how she would rock her new baby, and look out the big window. Her living room window was facing a beautiful canyon, and this was the perfect spot for the rocker.

We were distracted by the timer that told us the meal was ready, and we went into the kitchen to prepare our plates. I think we were gone around 10 minutes, and when we re-entered the living room, crossing the room to go to the small dining room, we noticed the rocker was in motion. We placed our plates on the small dining room table, and re-entered the living room.

When we got back out there, the chair wasn't rocking any longer. Thinking it might be caused by the living room window, Robbie checked it, but found it to be closed and locked tight. We stood there, trying to figure out how that big, heavy rocker could move... Without some type of rational explanation. We laughed it off as coincidence, until the hairs started to rise on my arms and neck.

Uh-oh...I didn't want to freak out Robbie, but I could see a tiny elderly woman, starting to appear in the chair. She smiled at me, and she leaned forward, pushing off with legs hidden beneath a long skirt.

The Rocking chair started to move back and forth, and Robbie said,

"What the..."

She knows me very well, and as soon as she looked into my eyes, she knew I was watching someone... In HER NEW CHAIR! I opened my mouth to explain, but Robbie let out a yell, and ran to the front door, hollering the whole way. She ripped open the door, and ran to the front of her complex.

By the time I caught up, Robbie was crying. I tried to calm her down and tell her it was just a little old lady, probably THE little old lady who had enjoyed the chair in life, but she didn't want to hear it.

Robbie begged me to call her mother to come get the chair. Long story short... The chair was removed, and Robbie bought a brand new rocker... We never talked about it again.

Some people can't handle a harmless haunting, am I right?

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ToraOkami303 (1 stories) (75 posts)
12 years ago (2008-12-20)
Wow...wonderful story... The little old lady probably felt bad for scaring your friend...

ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-13)
chrisB: Thankyou, yes, I have experienced many surreal moments in life. The paranormal follows me like a gateway to eternity. You should check out my website for my life story. Http://

Blessings, Ghostseer
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-13)
Wow what an interesting story. I realy enjoyed reading it. Items can be haunted. And they can be very haunted. So if anyone else likes antiques well they should be careful. Thanks again for this interesting story 😁.I hope to hear from you soon and take care
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-09)
tmari76: I would have loved to have had more time with the elderly woman Ghost, but it wasn't to be, and yes,, the rocking chair was beautiful as well!...It would have looked nice in MY living room. Couldn't do that to Robbie... It would have been to tacky to throw out, " Hey!...if you don't want it, I will buy it from you '...She would have freaked more, and I would have never seen her again...Blessings, Ghostseer
tmari76 (3 stories) (9 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-09)
I wonder if the old lady would not have shown herself if you weren't there? I bet she was just excited about the prospect of her rocker being used by a new mom! Personally, I would have had a hard time not asking Robbie if I could take the rocker home with me! 😊
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-07)
rhodes68: It was such a tiny encounter for me, but for my friend...well, she was not happy. I am always tempted to bring it up and help her through it, but this is a taboo conversation. She cannot-will not understand what I experience. Oh well, what can you do?...I hate feeling like I have to stick my head in the sand, along with her...Blessings! For your comments, they are always appreciated. Ghostseer
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-07)
True, especially when one needs to share their living space with any type of energy. And yet, it's quite understandable ghostseer, isn't it? Even people who have had numerous encounters with the paranormal will find themselves overwhelmed during each new encounter!
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-07)
dreamergal72: Life is funny sometimes, but I try not to take anything too hard. Just go along with the flow...Blessings, Ghostseer
dreamergal72 (6 stories) (793 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-07)
Yeah Ghostseer you right that some people can't handle things that use to belong to the late residents and of course I can handle and if I did see it come I would say I will take good care of it.
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-07)
farside62: It would have been a great time to find out why the little old lady was clinging to her trusty rocker, but my friend was really upset. There is a time and place for everything, and this was not the time. I had to be respectful of Robbies feelings. Blessings, Ghostseer
farside62 (7 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-07)
I would have loved to see that perfect chance to try and talk to that ghost
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-06)
Cole87: Thanks for the comment. You are right, I forget sometimes that my life is a bit on the unusual side. This was a tiny experience for me, but huge... For Robbie. I probably would have lost the friendship as well, if we hadn't been childhood friends. We know each other very well, but some things... Are subjects we can't discuss. Blessings, Ghostseer
Cole87 (1 stories) (11 posts)
12 years ago (2008-11-06)
Thank you for another great story! I have been keeping up with your posts and your website. I find all of your experiences very interesting! I know not a lot of people would be able to handle what you have been living with, including your friend Robbie. Something that is so little and minor to you can be a life changing experience for someone else. That is what makes you so unique. Can't wait to read more and thanks again! 😁

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