Your True Tales
June 2007 - Page 17
Old Man's Ghost
This story takes place somewhere in the winter of 1974 in Tarboro, North Carolina in a simple brick house that our mother rented since 1967. My mother had severely broken her leg and was out of work, so times were hard. My mother slept with my sister in one bed, while I was in another bed across the room. This arrangement was done in order to close off the other rooms for better heating.
One night after midnight I suddenly woke up for no reason (which is unusual for me) and had a feeling that someone was watching me. I rolled over to look toward my mother, who was asleep in the bed with my eight-year-old sister. Yet what I saw shocked me momentarily. Sitting in the old chair, between the two beds, was an elderly looking man about in his mid-60s. He was average looking, graying hair, white long-sleeve shirt with dark slacks. He was just sitting there looking at me!
I quickly turned away and tried to reason this apparition away.... such as, it was my imagination, a dream or, God help me, a real ghost. Yet I calmed down and decided not to take a second look and went back to sleep.
I told no one (family or friends) about this sighting. Our family always tried to get together for Christmas with my mom. All of us siblings gathered at my mother's house (different from the earlier one) for Christmas Eve of 1983. We had been there for a few hours and had eaten a good meal and were making small talk when my sister brought up our childhood and the earlier years at the old house. Before ending her stories, she mentioned that the only thing that bothered her was the old man who she had seen in our bedroom where our mother slept with us!
This gave me the chills as she described to a T just as I described the man above. The only difference was the man she saw was standing in the bedroom doorway while he stared at us. I then told her my story as everyone went kind of silent. Weird, but true. Neither one us knew of the other's sightings until a casual conversation during Christmas Eve brought it to light.
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