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Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part III

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Uncle Jake told Jill that his grandmother Naomi often claimed she could hear Joseph crying in his room at night long after he had passed, and it wasn't unusual for his grandfather to find her asleep in the old rocking chair in that little room come morning.
 
Jill started thinking about what she had experienced in the little bedroom in connection with what she had learned about Joseph, and she came up with a plan that her husband Seth agreed to help with.
 
They put a small daybed in the room, covering it with one of the quilts her great-grandmother had made, and adding an old teddy bear they found in the attic.  Jill placed a rocking chair next to the window that overlooked the grove of trees her great-grandmother had began from transplants she brought with her from her native state of  Minnesota when she married Jill's great-grandfather, and set the old family Bible on a small table next to the rocking chair. 
 
As Jill was setting up the room she found herself addressing the spirits of Joseph and his mother Catherine, and her great-grandmother Naomi, telling them she loved them and that they would always be welcome at the old farmhouse which had been their home so long ago.  
 
From that time forward, Jill often heard the rocker creaking at night, and sometimes found the teddy bear tucked under the quilt, or the window open during the day; at times she was certain that she could hear the soft voice of an old woman crooning lullabies to a child.
 
(To be continued) 
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I'm joining Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "native"
Come and share your story with us!
 

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    1. I like to think that family never really leaves us.

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  2. You are a great writer, I am enjoying this series. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving too!

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  3. What a beautiful chapter to what is I am sure is becoming a wonderful serial from you Josie.

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    1. Thank you, Old Egg! I am truly enjoying this effort and have more stories from the Old Farmhouse popping into my head.

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    1. Thank you, Paul! I am more of a storyteller than a writer, but I am finding this process very satisfying.

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  5. LOVE! Reminds me of something similar in my son's life. I love this historical accounting/story. Looking forward to more ♥ I am feeling very inspired to write creative fiction myself. Processing. ;)

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    1. Than you, Pen! Thoughts of an old farmhouse readily lend themselves to this sort of storytelling. You really should try fiction, it's fun! Come and join us for Six Sentence Stories next week, Zoe will post the prompt word on her blog this Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Zoe! To me, this is a very peaceful resolution to the ghostly visitations in the house. They belong there as much as she does and I give her credit for not trying to evict them.

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  7. damn! not only create a setting, a context (of the story to unfold) but to establish a mood... in the words (that will reinforce that which we feel as Readers)
    tres cool

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    1. Thank you, Clark! This is a whole new process to me, but so far I am feeling good about it. I hope I can continue in the same manner.

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  8. 18 sentences done and this is turning into a great story. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you Keith, I'm hoping that it proves to be a great read. Doing it six sentences at a time is a bit of a challenge to provide some continuity!

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  9. Ohhh, this is so sweet and a little creepy, but still in an oddly sweet kinda way. I often wonder why we always think of ghosts/spirits in a negative or scary way. Maybe they just need or help a little, or - are here to help us.

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    1. I agree with you about this being sweet/spooky. I think it is natural to fear what we do not fully understand. I believe that those we love remain near us when they pass to the spirit world, and they can guide us and protect us. I hope to bring some of that into this story. It's important to distinguish between those kind of spirits and that which is evil, which I want no part of.

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