I recently learned that several people have seen an apparition in the building where I work. Where does this apparition like to hang out? Outside my office door.
Although I am generally skeptical of what most people believe about the paranormal, I still acknowledge that I have heard convincing stories from trusted sources, and have experienced some mid-level weird shit myself. As a child, I was obsessed with ghost stories and had stacks of books of them. This slowed into adulthood, but I have spent many an hour trawling Fortean Times' "It Happened to Me!" board, another source of high quality weird shit. As such, I pay more attention than most when I hear about real, live stories of house hauntings.
Immediately upon receiving this rumor, I texted our admin and treated him to a Macaulay Culkin/John Candy in Uncle Buck style rapid fire questioning session.
B: I hear you saw a ghost and didn't tell me about it.
K: I've seen her three times.
B: TELL ME.
K: She's not very scary, she just stands there and looks at me.
K: Late at night.
B: What is she wearing.
K: A white dress and large white hat.
B: Old fashioned?
B: Where did you see her?
K: In the back hallway...In the corner.
B: Which corner.
B: AT MY DOOR.
Any time I try to re-decide if I believe that things like ghosts exist, I remember our experiences in my childhood home. While I have no expectation of understanding that arm of the paranormal, I think it's there. I wrote a creepy overview of my experiences in the house a few years ago.
Earlier today, I came across an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem that I liked a couple of years ago and marked to remember. A oddly-timed reminder.
The Little Ghost
I knew her for a little ghost
That in my garden walked;
The wall is high - higher than most
And the green gate was locked.
And yet I did not think of that
Til after she was gone-
I knew her by the broad white hat,
All ruffled, she had on.
By the dear ruffles round her feet,
By her small hands that hung
In their lace mitts, austere and sweet,
Her gown's white folds among.
I watched to see if she would stay,
What she would do - and oh!
She looked as if she liked the way
I let my garden grow!
She bent above my favorite mint
With conscious garden grace,
She smiled and smiled
There was no hint of sadness in her face.
She held her gown on either side
To let her slippers show,
And up the walk she went with pride,
The way great ladies go.
And where the wall is built in new
And is of ivy bare
She paused - then opened and passed through
A gate that was once there.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1917