It's no secret to you that I love all things paranormal. From UFOs, ET, crop circles, spirits, ghosts, EVP, OBEs and all other esoteric acronyms and beyond. Whatever side of the fence you reside, from hardened skeptic to shameless believer, you have to at least admit there's plenty about our world, our universe, reality and the very nature of consciousness we as a species have yet to fully comprehend.
Some of you know my father-in-law passed away this past Thanksgiving eve. It's been difficult on my wife as you can imagine, even more so given their special bond. My daughter is doing well, as children tend to do as it's hard for them to truly understand the meaning - and finality - of death.
Due to my passion for the paranormal, I happen to be extra sensitive to key characteristics of what I would consider contact from a departed loved one. I've witnessed first-hand many of these characteristics over the years as I am no stranger to loss from loved ones. Any of you who watch ghost hunter shows even in passing are familiar with the general keys researchers look for:
- Anything electrical that behaves out of the ordinary, such as lights, TVs, radios, appliances turning off and on with no known cause.
- Strange sounds in the house that cannot easily be identified or explained such as doors closing, people talking/crying/laughing, etc, when nobody else is in the house and so on.
- Objects moving on their own. Anything from bowls, glasses, frames, utensils, you name it...
- Full-blown apparitions of the departed. Either appearing in full physical form, or partial or translucent form, both in the dream state and fully awake.
I could go on but those are the standards.
As much of these shows that I watch, and as late as I stay up on weekends, I rarely hear or see anything out of the ordinary.
That all changed after my father-in-law passed.
My wife, my daughter and I have been witness to things such as random noises that have absolutely no explanation such as doors closing, sounds of things moving around in other rooms, to lights flickering constantly. And no, not just during windy or poor weather. Even during calm conditions. Triggers I would call them, but nothing concrete I would consider potential evidence of communication from "The Other Side".
That all changed the other night.
I was sitting on the couch watching some Seahawks-related show (imagine that) when I heard something that sounded like someone ripping a poster or picture off the wall in our front room. It startled me as it was not some gentle noise. I went in the front room expecting a pet or someone in there. I found nothing. I told my daughter about it and the next morning she said "Daddy, is this what you heard?" Sure enough, in the middle of the room was a photo of my daughter with Santa. Not just any photo, but my father-in-law's favorite...It's her with her mouth open crying hysterically. He got a kick out of that.
We have all the Santa/Kenna photos hanging on the wall in that room, and that was the only one that fell, and was in the middle of the room. How I didn't notice or see that the night before is beyond me (and no, there was no wine involved).
The next night, Kenna was in our bed as my wife was helping a friend with a pet that was dying. I had turned on our ceiling fan because it was oddly warm for December. All our rooms have ceiling fans. When my wife came home, it was time to put Kenna to bed in her room. She went and laid down. Just as my wife and I were beginning to fall asleep Kenna came rushing into our room crying hysterically.
When we got her to calm down enough she said she was lying on her bed trying to fall asleep when suddenly she heard the ceiling fan light switch "click" on and the ceiling fan started spinning on high. She said it wasn't just the ceiling fan starting up on its own that scared her but the fact that she could hear the sound of the switch clicking on first.
There is no possible way to turn that ceiling fan on (it's a traditional light switch on the wall by her door, far removed from her or her bed) without pushing it physically with your fingers. Just like any light switch.
That was the moment I knew in my heart-of-hearts that it was Grandpa.
Of course, I don't expect to change any skeptics minds, but I thought I would share it all the same because I believe quite profoundly in fact, that there is so much to life and this universe of ours that we have yet to even begin to understand.