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Grey Ghost  

TrucknLuvn 56M/38F  
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5/28/2018 1:25 am

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Grey Ghost


Who knew that a four year old could convince four adults that ghosts do, in fact, exist?

This is a true story that took place on Memorial Day, May 31, 2004.

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It was the perfect evening to enjoy some barbecue, brews, and a good conversation as we sat around the round patio table on my Aunt Julie and Uncle Jeff's deck. They had finally finished fixing up the five acre plantation style home they had purchased so many months ago. The deck overlooked their large, perfectly manicured yard that ended at the treeline that marked the border of the Spotsylvania Battle Field located just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

They had a gorgeous home and I was thrilled that I finally got to see it. At the time, I was close with Julie and Jeff and they thought it would be nice for my (now ex) husband and I to bring our two girls up to visit for the long holiday weekend. It was peaceful  out there in the middle of the woods and they were far enough away from town that we could enjoy the gorgeous blanket of stars at night. Our weekend had been an incredibly pleasant escape from everyday life .

Not to mention, my ex and I had our first date night in months that weekend. Julie and Jeff absolutely adored our girls and they spoiled them rotten, even though my oldest was four and my second was only six months old. My ex and I took advantage of their offer to babysit, although we did come home to a four year old on a sugar buzz. We also ended up bringing a trunk full of clothes, toys, and goodies home with us. Like I said, my aunt and uncle doted upon them.

One of the items we brought home with us a metal detector that my Uncle Jeff had purchased for my oldest to explore around the yard with. He was hoping that she would find some interesting little treasures near the battlefield treeline and she did. Her assortment of treasures included a few small scraps of rusty metal, a handful of some older coins coated in dirt, an old matchbox car, and a single old bullet. She absolutely loved exploring around with her metal detector in one hand and her collection bucket in the other.

In fact, we were all getting a kick out of watching her run, dig, and check all around that treeline throughout the afternoon and well into the evening. We enjoyed a nice sunset and continued our conversations while enjoying the cool night air. My oldest was still running around, so we turned on the flood lights for her to see us on the deck.

I was keeping a closer eye on her since it was pretty dark out and I honestly didn't know what kinds of nocturnal critters would be out wandering in the moonlight. I watched my little girl stop dead in her tracks to peer curiously into the woods. She stood, frozen in that spot for about a minute before she yelped and high tailed it out of there, leaving her metal detector and treasures behind in her dust. 

That girl was moving! I could tell that was scared and crying. Naturally, I was thinking that she caught a glimpse of an animal or two. Or maybe the trees were casting some spooky shadows in the moonlight.

I walked out into the yard to pick up my baby girl and comfort her and it didn't take long to settle her down. We joined the rest of the family on the deck and she sat on my lap.

"Mommy," She began, "Those men in grey coats scared me!"

We all went on alert! Men?! What men?? We all stared out into those woods and saw nothing but darkness.

"Where were those men standing, sweetie?" I asked.

"Right there!" She exclaimed as she pointed her little finger at the tree. "Don't you see them, Mommy? They are right there in trees!"

"Are you sure?" I asked.

"Yes, Mommy!" She exclaimed. "They're angry and scary looking!"

Whelp... I was right about her seeing something spooky.

And it took the four of us adults all of two minutes to clean up and take our happy asses back into that house!

We all agreed that the only logical explanation was that she had legitimately seen the ghosts of the Confederate soldiers that had died on that very battlefield in May of 1864.

We also agreed that there was no way she could have made it all up either. I know for a fact that my four year old little girl had no way of knowing that the Confederate soldiers wore grey uniforms during the Civil War.

She never saw another ghost again in her life and now that she's eighteen, she has no memories of her spooky spirit sighting. But, she certainly made believers out of us all that night and fourteen years later, I still believe that ghosts do, in fact, exist.

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In hindsight, perhaps the ghosts of those fallen soldiers announced their presence to us that night to remind us that barbecue and beer should not be our sole focus of the Holiday. You can grill some burgers and hotdogs another day.

Take the time to remember those who are missing and those who are missed this day. They truly deserve that small amount of respect.

Happy Memorial Day!!

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So, now that you've read that...

Do you believe in ghosts?

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♡Jess: The Trucker Babe

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author51 57F  
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7/7/2018 2:05 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    I've never actually seen a ghost but I have certainly felt a presence on a few occasions.
Like my friend,I have never seen ghosts either, but felt the presence of loved ones many times.. I believe in ghosts and that children pick up on them, much more so than Adults..

One can never have enough JOY in their life...


TrucknLuvn replies on 7/7/2018 5:13 pm:
I've felt the presence of loved ones in one of the most vivid dreams I ever had in my life. The events of the dream didn't make sense to me at the time, but I understood it better a few days later. I found comfort in my memory of that dream as I went through a difficult time.

TrucknLuvn 56M/38F  
1613 posts
5/28/2018 10:36 pm

    Quoting citizen4722:
    I've never actually seen a ghost but I have certainly felt a presence on a few occasions.
I think that may be more commonly known as the "What the f&ck was that?!?!" phenomenon.

Thanks for sharing!!

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citizen4722 62M  
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5/28/2018 12:01 pm

I've never actually seen a ghost but I have certainly felt a presence on a few occasions.


livtuplz 51M  
123 posts
5/28/2018 6:58 am

Just like your daughter I didn't remember my my first time seeing something. My parents later told me that I was in the kitchen maybe 4 years old and I had a ball that I would roll towards something or spirit and and it would stop and somehow it was always rolled back to me. This went on for quite some time. According to them I was laughing and having a great time. I just wish I knew the spirit who was playing with me. Obviously a friendly spirit. I believe just my opinion


TrucknLuvn replies on 5/28/2018 8:23 am:
Perhaps your ghost was another child or maybe a grandparent type. Whoever it was, it sounds like they enjoyed making you happy.

Thanks for sharing!

TrucknLuvn 56M/38F  
1613 posts
5/28/2018 6:10 am

    Quoting  :

Thank you for your input! Your responses are always thought provoking, well written, and I truly enjoy seeing a glimpse of your intellect on here from time to time.

While we may not see eye to eye on a few of your points, I do value your opinions. One of the most beautiful things about life is getting to choose your own beliefs based on the information you have sought out for yourself.

As for my four year knowing about the Civil War, I seriously have my doubts. I was a stay at home mom at that time and I knew the limits of her ever-expanding knowledge base and imagination incredibly well. Not to mention, we did not live in the Fredericksburg area. We lived in Virginia Beach. She wasn't exposed to anything relating to the Civil War until she ran around the edge of a battlefield and that was the full extent of her exposure to it on that trip.

Not to mention, that kiddo was honest to a fault at that age. I don't know how many times she ratted herself out when most kids would run and hide long enough to destroy the evidence. lol

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livtuplz 51M  
123 posts
5/28/2018 1:46 am

Yes I do. I've seen them all my life


TrucknLuvn replies on 5/28/2018 3:10 am:
I can't say that I've seen a ghost with my own eyes. Maybe one day.

TrucknLuvn 56M/38F  
1613 posts
5/28/2018 1:27 am

Happy Memorial Day!!

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