My Father's Ghost

Dad during World War II. I think his ghost is visiting me and my family!
Dad during World War II. I think his ghost is visiting me and my family! | Source

Paranormal activity?

When I was a kid, I loved ghost stories, and so did my best friends. We were always telling each other tales about haunted houses, ghosts, escaped maniacs, and other spooky tales. Supposedly true scary stories were our favorites. As an adult, I outgrew most of this, although I have enjoyed reading a few so-called true accounts of hauntings and other types of paranormal activity as an adult. I must say, however, when I read such supposed true scary stories, I always take them with a grain of salt. It’s not that I think all these people are lying – I just think that the human mind is very susceptible to the power of suggestion, and it can play tricks sometimes. That said, I always tried to have an open mind about paranormal activity. I definitely believe that there are things beyond our comprehension, but I wasn't sure I believed in ghosts or spirits. In 2003, something happened to me that forced me to have second thoughts about my former assumptions.

Before I get into this first-person account of paranormal activity, I want to explain a couple of things. First of all, I’m a normal, reasonable person. I’m honest, I have a college degree, and I’m well respected in my community. I believe that Elvis is really dead, that man has walked on the moon, and that dinosaurs existed. I’ve never been abducted by a UFO, and in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a UFO. Before these hauntings, I had never seen anything that I couldn’t explain, except for some strange sea creature that was also witnessed by lots of other folks at the same time, including a park ranger. I’m telling you all this so that you’ll understand that I’m a down-to-earth person. Okay, on with the story.

I had always been very close to my father, and people always said we looked just alike. I adored my mother, but Dad and I had a special connection, which is often the case with fathers and daughters. In 2001, my father shot himself with his .38. He was 85 at the time, and had several illnesses that weren’t going to go away. The bullet didn’t end his suffering, however, and he lived for three weeks in ICU, hooked up to all sorts of machines that forced life into his time-ravaged body. The last words my father ever spoke were uttered in the emergency room. As I was walking into his cubicle, he asked, “Where’s Holle?” That’s me.

I went to see Daddy every day when he was in ICU. My family and I had a regular schedule for visiting. Mom would go in the mornings and spend most of the day with Dad. I’d take over as soon as I got off work at 3:30, and my brother would come when I left, at about six or seven. My sister-in-law was in charge of ICU, so she was in and out frequently to visit and check on Dad. My daughters also visited.

My brother and I were also taking turns staying with Mom at night. We knew the end was inevitable, and we didn’t want her to be alone when she got the bad news. One night when hubby and I were staying with Mom, I got the sudden urge to go see Dad. I had never gone to see him at night, but something was pulling me to the hospital. I was already in my pajamas, but I couldn’t ignore this overwhelming need to see my father. I started getting dressed, and my husband saw me and asked what I was doing. I told him I had to go to the hospital. He asked me to wait a few minutes for him to get dressed – he wanted to go with me. Once we were ready and were walking out the back door, we met my brother and sister-in-law. They were coming to tell us that Dad was gone. I’ve wondered many times since then if Daddy’s spirit had visited me as it was leaving. I don’t know how else to explain the strange feeling I had that night about going to him.

Fast forward to 2003, when my first grandchild was born. The day the baby and my daughter left the hospital, they came to my house for a family celebration. Everyone was coming over to welcome our new family member and enjoy a huge feast. Before everyone arrived, I was running around the house, taking care of last-minute stuff, and I noticed something strange. I kept finding pennies on the floor. I had no idea where they had come from, but I’d go through a room and pick up the pennies, and return again to the same room to find more pennies. When my oldest daughter arrived, I told her about the pennies, and she began finding them, too. She came and put her hands on my shoulders.

“Mom, it’s Papa,” she said.

“What? What’s Papa?” I asked.

“The pennies. They’re from Papa.”

“That’s silly,” I countered.

“Haven’t you noticed that the date on all the pennies is 2001 – the year he died? I read that a lot of times ghosts and spirits will leave pennies as a sign.”

“The date’s just a coincidence. Still, it is sorta strange that these things keep appearing,” I said. I was too busy getting everything ready to think much more about my ghost or my penny hauntings – at least until I went into my bathroom. There, I found a wheat penny that had 1916 on it – the year Dad was born. Okay, now this was very strange, indeed! It’s not every day you find such an old penny, and that, coupled with all the other pennies we’d found that day, really made me wonder…had Dad’s ghost visited us?

I tried not to dwell on this, and I didn’t experience any other paranormal activity until five years later. In 2008, on my birthday, I was sitting in my recliner in the living room. From my position, I could see the front part of the hallway. As I was watching TV, I saw a man pass by in the hall. I didn’t see his face, but he was short and stocky and was wearing a light blue shirt and jeans. I thought it was my husband, Johnny, and I didn’t think anything else about it until Johnny passed by, in the same direction, just a couple of seconds later. I wondered how he had returned to the kitchen and walked down the hall again so quickly, without my noticing.

“Did you just walk down the hall a couple of seconds ago,” I asked.

“No, I’ve been outside,” he answered.

Then I noticed that Johnny was wearing a red polo shirt. I asked him if he’d changed clothes, and he said he hadn’t. I told him that there was someone else in the house, then, so he began searching the back of the house. He didn’t find anyone.

Johnny has a strong resemblance to my father, and people have always joked about my husband actually being my brother instead of my spouse. I began to wonder if I’d seen Dad’s ghost. My logical brain dismissed this, but I couldn’t figure it out. We have a French door at the end of the kitchen that separates the kitchen from the hall. I decided that I must have seen Johnny’s reflection in the glass somehow. I got Johnny to walk past the living room door again so that I could watch closely. I was sure it was some trick the glass was playing on me. We tried the experiment several times, all with the same results – no image at all appeared. And even if it had, it wouldn’t have made a bright red shirt appear to be pale blue. Had my father’s ghost stopped by to wish me a happy fiftieth birthday??

I’ve pondered over these events many, many times. Was it paranormal activity - hauntings, if you will? My brain seeks a logical explanation, but part of me really believes that I had a couple of ghost adventures. And by the way, nothing remotely unusual has happened since – no more paranormal activity. I can’t explain any of this. Maybe Dad had visited me on all three occasions: as he was dying, when the new grandchild arrived, and on my fiftieth birthday. I don’t know if it was Dad’s ghost I was encountering, or some other type of paranormal activity. Maybe it’s not paranormal activity at all, but I don’t have any other explanations for these hauntings, as I’ve come to think of them. For an update on my real ghost stories, click the link.

My mom and dad.
My mom and dad.

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi habee..I believe you DID experience visits from your father...specially on your birthday. I've also heard about the penny phenomenon...through Psychic Sylvia Brown, who says this is one of the more oft used means of communication between the spirit world and our physical one. I'm a believer. I, like you, tend to be analytical and logical...linear but...sometimes; there just is no other way in which to explain occurances. Now, I like to believe in the type of experience(s) you've had because it tells me there IS more in the 'afterlife,' which would be a great gift to us. Your writing style and mechanics is exceptional, well as very personable which makes your article a joy to read.

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Sue Gee 5 years ago

I agree... there are just too many unexplained occurances to denounce the 'afterlife' possibilities. I have had a few of my own. I like what you write habbee! You have so many it might take me years to completely read them all. I have clicked into those that catch my eye for now. Keep up the pace!

I am new to this. I did join awhile ago.. but then did very little with it--too much life and not enough fun. I am back full force, I hope. You are one of my mentors here. :)

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VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

I'd definatly agree with the commenters above.

I'm new here myself, and I have to say that you're one of my favourite hubbers, HaBee.

I believe that your father did come back to see you and your granchild. There are too many unexplained occurances to dismiss paranormal activity as a hoax, and love is a very strong force.

I have an extremely strong bond with my dad, too. Perhaps the ties you have with your father are unbreakable?

This was a very enjoyable read - be sure to update us if you experience any more strange happenings, won't you?

Best of luck.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

That's a very interesting story about the pennies, Holle. Many extraordinary things happen to us in life that we can't always explain. Be happy with your interpretation and don't worry.

But if you happen to find any hundred dollar bills lying around on the floor, then you will need to contact me for assistance. You know my email. :)

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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

Ms. Holle - you know I'm a fan, but I think this is my favorite Hub of yours so far. I'm still a "Daddy's girl" too, even though he's been gone for almost thirteen years now. I'll bet your Dad's awfully proud of you, and the summons, the pennies and the visit are his way of telling you exactly that. Up and beautiful.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Lucky, I definitely believe there's more to our existence than just life on earth. I don't know if we become ghosts or spirits, or simply a life force.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Sue, thanks so much for your kind words!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Vixen, you're too kind! I'll let you know if I have any more paranormal activity.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

drbj, are you sayingmy dad is cheap?? lol. Yeah, $100 bills would be great. In fact, I'd accept them from any ole ghost!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, Zen. I got my love of words, writing, poetry, etc. from Dad, so I hope he's proud of me!

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craftdrawer 5 years ago

I believe your dad is still around you. After my dad passed away in 2004 I was in a room where my daughter in law left her phone late at night. The phone did not ring but made a weird alarm sound. On the phone it read "12:25 private number" 12/25 was the date my dad passed away.

We now have a grandson with my dad's name so he has blessed us even in his passing. I enjoyed reading your experience with this....

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Craft, the phone thing is strange! I hope Dad is still around - mom, too.

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Aceblogs 5 years ago from India

Well in us indians we do believe that our elderly people are surrounding us always to give us all the blessings they have and protecting us , i am sure the must be in your case as well . I myself feel the same about my grandfather who is not with us anymore

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GPAGE 5 years ago from California

habee....there have been many times that I have felt my loved one's that passed away around me...I have no doubt that I have witnessed some sort of presence...before my son was born, when my sister was having struggles, and during challenging times in my life too....

It is lovely to hear your story...thank you G

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Fascinating hub. I want to believe that your Dad did visit you. I have a very dear friend who also experienced the same thing with pennies after her beloved husband passed away. Up interesting and awesome.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Ace, I hope you're right. That would be very comforting!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Gpage. I've felt a "presence" many times, but the above two occasions that I mentioned when I actually saw something freaked me out a little!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Bpop, I wonder what the thing is with pennies??? I had never heard of that until my daughter told me about it.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I don't know what it is, but honestly it would give me great comfort to believe in it.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I believe in that and I am sure it was your Dad. I also had several experiences. In my mind there is no daubt that they do appear now and then. Set you doubt aside and enjoy these memories.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Bpop. Me too!

HH, I think you're right! I'll just enjoy the next experience, if there is one.

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Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

I don't believe tha it that uncommon to be visited by the spirit of a loved one that held a special place in your heart, especially on special days. I do, however, believe that it is uncommon for a person to deny or not mention the visit just in case there next vision was from a padded room. I love your story, thank you for sharing. voted up

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clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

Its kind of hard to believe in sucha kind of realistic life we live in. But it may have happenned :)

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Hubert. You're right - for a long time I didn't share these ghost stories with others, for fear that they'd think I needed one of those padded cells! lol

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh, Clinton, I assure you that it happened. Whether it was paranormal activity or not, I don't know. Thanks for stopping by!

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

A paranormal event is only something that's not scientifically explainable, doesn't mean there's not substance and reality behind many of these occurrences. Some very serious professionals believe this to be a fact: all things in creation are connected by a matrix like web if you please. Names are the 'zero-point field' and 'the ether' to name just two. What are the odds with the pennies? The sub-conscious never lies, and those that know this and are open to it see many good things come about as a result of letting it guide them. habee, I don't know if that was your father's spirit or not but definiately believe it wasn't just your mind playing tricks on you nor do i believe the pennies were a coincidence. So there; great Hub read, forgive the ramble and Happy Halloween habee!

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sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

What love and peace you leave us in this hub. Nothing freakish or scary. Just the calm of a visit filled with love. I would often experience the scent of my mother's cologne while driving to work. What comfort your hub gives me.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Alastar, many thanks! Please feel free to "ramble" here any time. And Happy Halloween to you, too!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, sweethearts! Friends have told me they could smell my dad's cigar here, but I never have.

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amitava chakraty 5 years ago from India

some people in India love to retain the memory of their departed dearest ones in a more sensual way than others. people are often heard to have been visited by their dearest ones for a fraction of second when the visitor have actually died somewhere else long before the time of visit without the formers knowledge.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That's interesting, amitava. I guess many different cultures have the same feelings about this.

scook 5 years ago

great story, gave me chills thinking about all the pennies laying around. I have had that happen at my house too.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Sandy, thanks for visiting! Strange, huh?

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tinaculver 5 years ago from Hastings

Hi There habee,Im a newbie here on hubpages, but I came across your writings about your father, Thank you for sharing your story, It really struck a chord for me, as Ive had some experience's growing up,and when Ive told people of them, that don't believe, in such spiritual matters, are normally people who haven't experienced or just don't or wont believe.. I know that I do not belong in a padded cell and I know what I saw or felt so i believe it in my heart of heart regardless!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Tina, thanks for reading. Yes, I'm perfectly normal and sane, too. I think there are just so many things we don't fully understand.

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romari 5 years ago from Heaven

the REAL life is life after death which we can see,hear,touch etc far more beyond the physical late mom appeared to me also when she was still here in our house during her funeral..

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Romari, I've often wondered about that. I think our earthy lives are probably just a "flash in the pan."

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romari 5 years ago from Heaven

you are right Ms. Habee. !

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Ms. Romari!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Like you I have complete faith and I know that my beloved daughter and my sister are with me.

This hub was brilliant and I can understand not being afraid of the happenings,just to accept them and feel the love that is carried within them.

An up up and away here;

Take care


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blondepoet 5 years ago from australia

Oh you are so lucky I know it was your Dad. This story has really given me hope my Dad may come visit too, I am totally lost without him, devestated really, just hoping praying since I lost him Easter Day he will give me a sign

maria 5 years ago

I truly believe you, I am experiencing similar activities. My brother passsed away on November 15, 2008 he shot himself. On April 16, 2010 my father passed away. On March 11, 2011 the light in my dan went off with no explanation and i have tried any logical explanation, but one could not be found. I was alone at home at the time and when i told my family they told me that i am crazy. On April 21, 2011 my son discovered from our survailance cameras recorded on the server that the iron gate on the side of my house was opened, however wule oepening no one was there. That dey was not windy and this is a manual gate. We were all puzzeled by it and uaable to find a logical explanation. Nothing happen until Jan. 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm the gate opened again the same way as the first time. The ground is frozes and as you open the gate you actually have to puch it against the wall for it to stay. I truly think that it is my brothere and my father. We loaded it on utube for feed back: gdata plater

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Transfer, so have I. Thanks for reading!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Many thanks, Eddy!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

BP, I hope your father visits you soon. Sorry for your loss.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Maria, nice to meet you. I believe in paranormal activity, I'm just not exactly sure what they are and what they really mean.

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Hi Habee,

I was simply amazed with this story about your father revisiting after he had passed on.

I had a similar experience a couple of times when I lost a very years ago.

I had been visiting her in the hospital as she had been very ill. I stopped by the chapel on the way out to say some prays for her recovery. While I was in the chapel, I felt a tap on my shoulder after I had been there about twenty minutes, when I turned around there was no one there..

I thought no more about it thinking that I had just imagined it. Then as I was walking out of the chapel, I saw a lot of people running down the hall towards my friends room. She had suffered a cardiac arrest and they were unable to revive her. I found out the time she had suffered the arrest. It was around the same time I felt the tap on the shoulder.

It seemed strange at the time, but then I thought aftewards it was my friend saying goodbye, because it was so close to the times of her arrest and my feeling the pat on my shoulder. I have always hung on to that thought and every year on her birthday, a beautiful peace comes over me, whether I am having a bad or a good day. I believe it is her just letting me know she is still there watching over me.

I have discussed this with several Ministers and other people who believe in this kind of happening and felt that this could indeed be the truth. I think it is wonderful to still have some connection with loved ones.

I do hope you continue to feel your father around you at all times Habee. It is a wonderful gift of his love to you.

God Bless

Love Pam xx

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Pam, thanks for sahring that with me. It gave me chills! I think there's just sooo much we human mortals don't understand.

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tamron 4 years ago

I don't know why people think what they see is imagined? I seen my mother a year after she died floating on the ceiling of my apartment. She got my attention by shutting the light off then when I turned the light on I realized the switch was turned off when it was on and that's when I seen her in blue jeans. She either wore blue jean shorts or pants never anything else.

I tried to talk to her but she just faded away!

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Tam, that's pretty cool! I believe!

munish 2 years ago

I im not able 2 believe all these things frndz yet they seem 2 be more similar nd logical!!

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