Sunday, March 14, 2010
An English Cottage
Years ago, this woman had a small cottage in the English country side. It wasn't much. It used to be a gardener's cottage. It had been used for the servants, but this woman adored her cottage and loved everything about it. She described it in that way that only those who truly love a place can. She described all the textures colored by the memories of the happiest years of her life. She spoke of her children playing in the field outside and the steal gray color of the sky. All these memories poured out of her with utter and complete joy.
She also spoke of the ghosts that had lived with her family and she. These ghosts had been children and they had appeared to her children first. She had found her children playing with them and had asked her children who they were talking too. The children had explained that they were playing with children that had lived in the cottage many years ago. Of course, the woman had to research the cottage's history at this point and she found out that the cottage was once occupied by a family and that their children had been lost to influenza around 1900. This had fed the woman's curiosity and she went out and purchased a Ouija board. Together, the woman and her children had used the board to talk to the ghost children and the woman insists that everything that came out of that experience was positive. She says that the board was a good thing and doesn't understand why anyone would say anything bad about it. She felt as if her children and she were able to help the ghost children come to terms with their death and cross over.
Of course, there was a dark side to her story. The cottage had once been part of a larger estate. This estate had included an enormous stable for the wealthy owners of the nearby manor house. The woman says that every time she walked into the stable she was crushed by a feeling so malevolent she never let her children go near it. She felt that something dark lurked inside the shadows of that building and although she loved her cottage and its pleasant ghosts, she knew that there was a dark side to the spirit world.