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Have you ever experienced the paranormal?

Updated on August 11, 2016

Mom & Dad in Signal Hill California

Mom & Dad in California
Mom & Dad in California | Source

Ghosts in California

Mom, was in the hospital and, because we did not know the whereabouts of our father my grandparents came and took us home with them, then when Mom got out of the hospital she left the three of us with our grandparents and, moved to South Bend, Indiana and had gotten a job at H.D. Lee Company to save enough money to come for me and my two brothers and, take us to live with her and her new husband.

Mammaw and Pampa is what we called our grandparents. Mammaw and Pampa now would have six of their grandchildren, because my Aunt Sue also left her three children with them.

Living on a farm is a lot of work, there were cows, pigs, chickens and horses to be fed and, all six of us sharing the chores and worked together. We all learned to chop wood, hoe cotton and corn. Then we would gather the corn, shuck and shell it to feed the livestock. We all picked cotton and, we would go to the gin in town. Pampa would have the cotton ginned, baled and weighed, and Pampa would get paid.

Finally, the day came when Mom came for us. I can still see the green Plymouth pulling up in front of the farmhouse.

Mom had married a man she met at work and they were there to take us to live with them. Dad (our stepfather) was a wonderful father to the three of us. I can still hear him telling stories to my brothers at bedtime, and they would always say, tell us one more story, just one more, please.

Moving from Indiana to California

We moved to South Bend, Indiana with Mom and our new dad in late summer and that fall we started school. The following June, on the last day of school we came home to a packed up car and, an empty house. The furniture had been sold and left South Bend for parts unknown.

Mom and Dad had both quit their jobs when we were leaving South Bend. We traveled all summer from coast to coast and when we arrived in California, the family was almost broke and did not have enough for housing; we pitched a tent on the beach and slept there at night and by day Dad looked for a job while we played on the beach during the day. After about a week Dad found a job, in Long Beach and, after his first paycheck we went apartment hunting.

Apartments were so expensive that when we found a house that rented for less than any apartment, we were so elated.

The house, a small three bedroom house was neat and freshly painted inside and out, with new hardwood floors. It was in a small community near Signal Hill with some oil wells that were still working and looked like giant grasshoppers.

At the time Signal Hill was a small town surrounded by Long Beach. Signal Hill is a beautiful park on a hill and, in every direction overlooks Long Beach/Los Angeles. It is said that if you park at the bottom the hill with the car in neutral it will roll uphill.

Dad and Mom the day after we moved into the house in California. You can see the oil wells where we found the pigeon.
Dad and Mom the day after we moved into the house in California. You can see the oil wells where we found the pigeon. | Source

Our new pet was a ball of fur

After a few days dad had decided to get us a new pet, so off we went to the local pet store. We walked into the pet store and a little ball of fur, seemed to come rolling across the floor towards us. It was love at first sight. Dad bought the little Cockapoo, (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix).

The next day we were trying to find a name for our cute ball of fur. The three of us were out scouting out the neighborhood. When we were passing an oil slick, we found a pigeon, so we picked it up and took it home to Mom. Mom put the pigeon in a pan of warm water and some Pine-sol, but the bird still could not fly and, I don’t remember how it happened but, the pigeon was riding on the dog’s back, and went into the doghouse with her. That is how the ball of fur got the name Pigeon.

For the next week or so, we enjoyed our new home. I had the small bedroom about an 8 foot by 8 foot; my brothers shared a little larger bedroom on the other side of the house; Mom and Dad the master bedroom in the back of the house.

Pigeon was not fully house broken and we put paper down for her just outside the door to my room. I would leave the door open just enough for Pigeon to go to the paper when she needed to go.

Things that go bump in the night

At first I was not sure if I heard something or not, I had been jarred out of my sleep, I strained to see in the dim glow of the night light. I could not see Pigeon; she had been sleeping on the foot of my bed, now she was not there. Suddenly the light came on and Mom was standing by my door and she had Pigeon in her arms and Pigeon was shaking. What happened? Mom asked, Pigeon was scratching on our door and whimpering..

I told Mom about the bump, and I was not sure if had dreamed it. Mom put Pigeon down on the foot of my bed and, immediately she jumped down and ran like something was chasing her and, the paper floated a few feet from where it had been placed.

By this time everyone was awake and up. I grabbed my pillow and blanket and spent the rest of the night in the living room on the couch with Pigeon on the foot of the bottom bunk of my brother.

The next day, we decided that I had heard something in a dream but, that did not explain why Pigeon still refused to go in my bedroom. The next night I went to sleep in my bedroom and Pigeon slept on the foot of brother’s bed.

All was well for the next few nights, then in the middle of the night, I was Jolted out of my sleep, by a big bump, I lay there frozen, not knowing if I should get up and turn on the lights or what. Then like the first time I heard the bump, Mom switched on the light, then we were all standing in the living room, and we all heard the noise, the sound of something being dragged across the floor overhead, but there was no floor just the attic.

Mom laughed and said we must have rats in the attic. Everybody went back to bed and, when morning came we were in for a shock. From under the crown molding some kind of liquid was running down the walls in the living room, staining the walls in reddish brown streaks. Dad went to have a look in the attic and found the pull down steps had been nailed shut. He pulled the nails and climbed the steps, he was not gone for very long and when he came down, he put the nails back and told us that the only thing up there was dust, but that day we went looking for an apartment, and we slept in the new apartment that night on air mattresses on the floor. We heard that the house was torn down shortly after we moved.

I don’t know if I believe in ghosts, never having seen one but, something was definitely not right, some kind of paranormal energy was in that house and, I don’t think it was good.

© 2012 Shyron E Shenko


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      Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment. trump is a witch, actually he is a warlock (i.e. an oath breaker) and he can dish it out, but he can't take it. I think some of the people who voted for trump would protest anything that might jeopardize a Republican seat in the Congress or Senate.

      Hope all is well with you also, Many Blessings my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 2 weeks ago from North Texas

      Think we're all experiencing the 'paranormal' or at least something weird and scary since Trump got into office. Think he may be something loose from the underworld. Have to say, I don't remember people hating Richard Nixon as much as so many people hate the Trumpster. His supporters are loud and raucus and the noise makes it seem like there are more of them than their actually are.

      Wondering what "they" are doing that they don't want us to know about while they have all of us riveted on Trump and his endless bad deeds. He has and continues to do far worse things than I thought he would, and I knew it would be bad, just not this bad.

      Hope all is well with you and John and Chipper. Take care, dear friend . . .

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      Nadine May 9 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You are the true story teller the way you write because it kept me reading your 'true story' to the end. Very good thanks for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Dear Beautiful Paula, I am glad you got to know me a little more. Pigeon was so cute, I have a picture but could not find it when I wrote this, I wish you could see it, Pigeon had turned a small garbage can over, found a dog food can almost as big as she was and she took it to the steps but could not climb them. Yes we have been lucky, my brothers and I and Dad to be close. Do you have siblings?

      Have you written about your spiritual experiences? I would love to read about them.

      Thank you for inviting me into your dream, strange that we talked a lot because I am not much of a talker, but I am a good listener. I don't look like that anymore, my hair is blond now (the grey does not show as much as it would with red (lol.) You can see what I looked like when about six in my hub "The Last Hoedown" and what I look like now in "Lost in Thoughts - 1st in the Good Thoughts Project," holding my great grandson. Yes my hubby is John.

      I dream nightly also, I love to dream, I have such great adventures and I have learned to wake myself up if I do not like my dream and change it.

      You are welcome, maybe you can visit me in mine.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shyron.....I enjoyed learning a little about your childhood with your grandparents & working on a farm. I can just imagine how cute your dog was and I love the story about how he got his name! :) You & your brothers were lucky to have so much family love, including a step-Dad who cared so much for all of you.

      I can't help but think that he must have been upset with what he saw or sensed in the attic. It was best you all went elsewhere.

      I've had a few experiences in my life that can be described as "spiritual" (or not of this world) but they were not at all frightening. In fact they were comforting. Other than those events, nothing of the paranormal type.

      I do need to tell you something you may find as interesting as I have. Just 2 nights ago YOU were in a dream I had! That part was very clear to me. I knew you were "Shyron" & of course you looked just like your profile pic because that's the only you I've ever seen! LOL.....Wherever we were, there were a lot of people (no faces, no names) & a lot of activity but I don't know what was going on. You & I talked almost non-stop, yet I have no idea what we talked about! By that, I mean, nothing I recalled when I awoke. Also, I was aware your husband was there, but he had no face (sorry! LOL) and I did call him by some name but you corrected me and told me his name was "John" (so at some point, I'm sure I read in one of your hubs that John is his name?) I think I referred to him as "David." ?? so anyway Shyron, thanks for visiting me in my dreams...even though I have no idea why or what we talked about !! LOL Who knows, maybe you'll stop by again. I dream nightly. I always have but don't know why I have such an active subconscious. It doesn't interfere with my sleep but if I have an upsetting or frightening dream, it weighs heavily on me throughout the next morning.

      I thought you might like to know where you & your husband were 2 nights ago!!! LOL!! Peace, Paula

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing.

      Glad you are almost caught up...

      Blessings and hugs

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      I have experienced some very strange things, and maybe someday I'll write about them. This one you have written about is very scary IMHO. I will say again that I'm so glad that you and your family got out of that house. Sharing this again.

      Almost caught up . . . hugs . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am having a lot of stuff disappear also, I thought I replied to this comment. I really thank you and appreciate you, and thank you for the comment, up-votes and sharing.

      No we have been out, today is the shot day.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Well, it happened again. Submitted a comment and it's just gone into neverland. I see this one stayed here, but won't go into the feed. Anyway, glad you got safely out of this house.

      Hope you have been able to stay in where it's cool and that you're feeling much better today. 99 F. I dread going out in it. Blessings to you and John . . .

      Shared and vote up!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I looked in spam and found a comment from "Engretta" but when I looked for her on HP I could not find her.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary, thank you for the comments, up-votes and for sharing.

      I would love to read the stories from your mother, have you written about them?

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I don't know what happened either, but I see two comments that say comment has been deleted by the user. I did not delete the comments. How strange, I have never seen this before.

      Thanks for the heads up and the comment.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I never had any experiences but my mother did when she was a child. I heard lots of stories too as we lived in a neighborhood more or less surrounded by cemeteries.

      Do I believe in the paranormal? "There are no secrets except the secrets that keep themselves." Make that answer a yes.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      For some reason my comments are disappearing after I submit them and not appearing in the feed. They were showing at first but not going into the feed, so I rebooted my computer in an effort to get them to appear. I know you don't have your setting on approval before they are to appear so I'm wondering what's happened. Did they end up in the Spam folder or just in never never land somewhere? Just so you know.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comments, pin and post and sharing this again.

      We are praying that things go well with you also.

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this one more time before Halloween which is only 3 days away! I think this is one scary story and this is a good time of year to read it if one wants to be scared. Pinned to AH, posted on FB, and sharing on HP.

      Hope all is going well with your recent project and that you and John are doing well also. Blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comment, up-votes, pinning and sharing. Yes it is a true story and it was scary and i was so glad to get out of there. I do not like or celebrate halloween.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Only 26 days 'til Halloween. This is a great spooky story for that occasion. I know it's a true story and that should only make it seem scarier. It sure seems scary to me, and I'm glad you got out of that house!

      Voted up and interesting, etc. Pinned to AH, and shared. Hope you and John have a great week. Blessings!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Keeley Shea, thank you so much for stopping by, and thank you for your comment.

      Maybe you could write about you boyfriend's experience.

      You are Welcome.

      Blessings and Hugs


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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      DealForALiving, this experience, was one I just soon not have. There were things like that happened when I was a little girl. Never an explanation.

      Thank you so much for your comment.


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