Friday, January 3, 2014

The house spirits

This week, two new entities have appeared at my house.  It's been a while since we've had new arrivals from the otherworlds, and it was surprising.  Getting to know otherwordly visitors is always a challenge, but it is also always interesting.

The day we returned from an exhausting and emotionally challenging visit to my mother-in-law's house, a small white cat like creature jumped off the sofa and into my path.  As we don't have a pet, this was unexpected. More unexpected was my six year old shouting "I saw a white cat!"  Since then, this being has been popping up looking for attention (as far as I can tell) on a regular basis.  My sons are aware of it different ways.  One of them can see it, and the other feels something winding it's way between his feet and against his legs.  So far, it's the perfect pet- especially as corporeal pets aren't allowed int his apartment complex.

The other being is more mysterious.  It's short, wide, and shadowy.  It doesn't speak, it moves away from us when spotted, and generally watches things.  I first noticed it when I was eating lunch the other day. It peeked around the corner, waited a moment for me to register it's presence, then disappeared.  It seems benevolent enough, just interested in us.  I'm waiting to see it if wants to communicate.

Strangely, Heather has also had some visitors.  We're both in the process of making friends with these visitors, who are distinctly different from the house fae that move our stuff around to watch us search and giggle when we get exasperated (we love them anyhow, and they get talked to a lot).  New friends are always welcome, but I'm curious about your experiences. Do you have new visitors lately?


  1. I used to live in the train stop of haunted houses. The locals were themselves, but fairly detrimental to us, while those who passed by were usually alright. They don't seem to understand time like we do. To us, it's a line. To a lot of them, it's either a closed loop, or it's a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey... stuff, where everything that has ever happened and ever will happen is happening now, and figuring out how to explain it to us in a line is confusing. But, you know, they try, when they want to. But it's like one of us trying to explain a 3-D world to a character from the original Super Mario Bros. They can only experience 2-D, can only see 2-D, can only fathom 2-D... and how do you diagram your world then, right?

    I notice animals get 'stuck' a lot. Treat them like people: remember to talk to them, feed them, make room for them. Some are just passing through. Some just like people. Some are feral, and will always be leery of humans for some reason or another. It isn't personal. Also, living animals can cast shadows of themselves when they're nervous or afraid, or when they're really hyper. When I first got my scaredy-cat kitten, who'd been abandoned and then locked in a shelter cage, he had 'multiples' running all over the place for months.

    Kids usually figure it out the fastest, before they learn not to see, so I'm really not surprised that a young kid would see his cat. :P

  2. Thaks, L M! First off, thanks for the Doctor Who reference. It made me smile.

    I'm going to explain the spirits using your video game analogy to the kids. It may make more sense to them than what I originally used.


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