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Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part VIII

 
Jill appreciated Uncle Jake's patience as she plied him with questions about the old farmhouse and it's previous occupants.  "What happened to the cabin in the woods where Catherine and the neighbor boy used to meet?" she asked him.  
 
"It mysteriously burned to the ground shortly after Catherine's death, most folks suspected that her father did it," Uncle Jake replied.
 
Jill, still sad about the way Catherine had been exiled by her father, located the cabin site and planted a small flower garden.  Seth made a bench for it,  and Jill swore that sometimes when she was walking through the woods she could hear the laughter of a young couple there.
 
One day as she approached the garden, Jill saw the shadowy figure an older woman sitting on the bench who she immediately recognized from pictures as Catherine's mother; the woman looked up at Jill and smiled, and then faded away before her eyes.
 
(To be continued) 
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18 comments:

  1. Lovely. I could just imagine that scene in the last paragraph.

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    1. Thank you! To me it was Catherine's mother's way of acknowledging what Jill was doing to restore peace and family ties at the old farmhouse.

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  2. Looked up at Catherine? Jill, Catherine. I am very intrigued. I love that Jill planted a garden and marked the spot of the special meeting cabin. I'm sure Catherine and her mom both were glad about it, too. Our relatives, even after they are gone are so very close to us. I'm loving this saga, Wendy.

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    1. Yikes, no matter how many times I proof things I miss glitches like that, should read Jill, corrected now... thank you!! The underlying message of this story is just that, our loved ones, and our ancestors among them, remain close to us and to familiar places after they pass to the spirit realm. What we do now matters, Jill and Seth are honoring the memory of them.

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  3. Planting beauty can be so healing.

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    1. Yes, we can create beauty and peace in places that have been disturbed.

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  4. nice!
    It may not be just me, but somehow you've set the tone such that the idea of Catherine's mother being there elicits a smile and not a recoil of 'Ghosts!'

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    1. Excellent, that's the type of response I'd hoped to elicit, this isn't really intended to be a scary story, more one of acceptance that there are realms beyond what is tangible, and that it is possible to interact with those who have crossed over.

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  5. WOW, Josie! Love the spirit's visitation and disappearance...

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    1. Thank you, Stella! I can't help but think how pleased Catherine's mother must be with Jill at the farmhouse, and with her spirit of reconciliation.

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  6. Oooooooo. Chills.... Restless spirits after such conflicted losses make me so sad... To think of a heartbroken eternity!....😢

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    1. So now reading other comments and see the other side... Makes it better....

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    2. I suspect that neither Catherine's father or mother died at peace, Zoe, but Jill is working to bring about some level of reconciliation and perhaps send them toward the light. I think in this sense her mother would be happy to see that someone feels compassion toward her daughter.

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  7. When she smiled I smiled with her. So poignant.

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  8. What a lovely gesture she did with the garden and bench! And then I totally got shivers when the old woman appeared. This is getting so good I feel like getting some popcorn! ha.

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