Friday, December 21, 2007

A concerned ghost

I'm always asked about my real life ghostly encounters and thought I'd share this one I blogged about the day after it happened.

In July 2006, my husband and I took a fantastic road trip to his family's reunion in Oklahoma. We decided to go to the Gulf Coast in a long way back home. We stopped and spent the night in Gulfport. The following is the blog entry I did on my personal blog the day after the encounter. For the sake of the story I've inserted my penname for the last name.(G)

July 5, 2006

Last night's ghostly encounter during our one-night stay in Gulfport was certainly unexpected. We stayed in a Hampton Inn about 3 miles from the beach. Newly remodeled and comfy.

Around 3:30 a.m. I was awakened by a man shaking the bed (well, my husband. He was yelling at my husband, "Mister Painter, Mister Painter, are you all right?"

Groggy and very fuzzy headed, all I could think was, "Why is someone from the hotel in our room shaking my husband and trying to wake him up?"

It was dark, and the intruder was a shadow bent over the bed, hands on my husband's shoulders, jostling him so hard the bed was shaking.
I could tell he was about 6'2" or so, thin very wiry build and dressed in a type of serving suit, with a double breasted short waist jacket. His clothes were 1800s circ. He was so distraught, almost in a panic and desperate to wake my husband up.

All I could think of, still in my sleep fog, was why was this guy from the hotel in our room? I stirred and lifted up on my elbow to ask him what he was doing in our room when he froze, as though shocked I was looking at him. He didn't say anything. Just this moment of silence and then he just disappeared into thin air.

That was when I realized it was a ghost.

I asked my husband if he was okay. He mumbled something about why was everyone shaking him and who was that guy?

Exhausted, I plopped back down on the pillow and went back to sleep, mumbling under my breath how distrubing it was to be in a room with a ghost who over-reacted to snoring.

I'm still not sure why the ghost was so worried about my husband. Guess I'll never know. But he definitely woke us both from a sound sleep.

The next morning, my husband asked me who was in our room last night and why had I been shaking him so hard. When I explained, he just shook his head.

I guess after 17 years, he's used to it. (g)


Nicole Austin said...

Oh my! I don't think I would have been able to go back to sleep. Its great that hubby has grown to handle these things so well too!

Sally Painter said...

Hey Nic, I know it sounds odd to go back to sleep. (g) Since I've been dealing with ghosts/spirits all my life, they no longer frighten me. I'm am always awed though. (g)

Hubby has had many encounters of his own, but mine seem to always wake him up!