Thursday, July 8, 2010
A Family Ghost
A gentleman at the gathering I was at leaned over the table to tell me that he believed in ghosts. He said that his wife drew them to her and that since he had been married to her he had seen things. He didn't want to call them ghosts, because he was uncomfortable admitting it, but he had seen things. Things were around her and with her and he could sense them. He said that his wife's grandmother told a story. She said that her father had fought with Pancho Villa and had saved his life. Pancho Villa promised to return the favor.
I'm not as up on my Mexican history as I should be so I gathered a little information on Pancho Villa. Villa was one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary Generals and was in prominence from 1910-1920. He became a Mexican hero. Villa and his men took hacienda land from the rich and gave it to peasants and soldiers. He robbed and commandeered trains and printed fiat money to pay for his cause. He was made Governor of Chihuahua from 1913-1914 and retired in 1920. He was assassinated in 1923 after he tried to go back to politics.
According to my gentleman narrator, Villa was never able to return the favor in life, so he kept it in the after life and every member of his wife's family since has felt his presence from time to time watching over them. I was able to speak to the gentleman's wife as well. She was much more sober and admitted the story was true but didn't want to go into much detail. She just said that she's always known he was there from time to time. She also knows when other spirits and ghosts are present. She doesn't speak of it often, but it is part of her daily life. Villa stays with her and her family and may stay with her children, watching out for them and waiting to repay his debt.