Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XIV

 
 
The presence of the ghost of Catherine's father was not a surprise to Jill.  Though she hadn't actually seen him until now, she had sensed him following her around the house as she did her daily chores, and sometimes saw a fleeting shadow out of the corner of her eye; he seemed to like being in the kitchen with her as she cooked meals and baked bread.  Although he was known to have been unyielding and sometimes cruel in his lifetime, especially in his relationship with his wife and daughter, Jill had never felt anything negative when he was present, but rather an almost protective shadowing. 
 
Uncle Jake had told her and Seth that Catherine's father was a broken man after the death of his grandson, that he never socialized and seldom spoke anything more than what was absolutely necessary, instead spending much of his time in the rocking chair on the back porch staring out across the fields or up in the attic standing next to Joseph's cradle as he peered out the small window facing the family cemetery where Catherine and his grandson had been interred.  
 
Jill often wondered if Catherine's father had felt any remorse for the actions that caused his wife and daughter, and ultimately himself, so much pain. Seeing the specter of him now, sitting there on the edge of the bed with his head in his hands, sobbing loudly, filled her heart with compassion and she felt drawn to sit down on the chair next to the bed.
 
(To be continued) 
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18 comments:

  1. What a compassionate soul she has!

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    1. I think she believes in the power of love and forgiveness, Kristi!

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  2. Compassion and forgiveness are essentials of life

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    1. They are, and I believe that they are inborn traits that we either develop or ignore. Jill is the kind of person I want to be.

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  3. He sounds like a man who learned from his mistakes.

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    1. I hope so, Mimi, at some point we must all come to terms with the choices we've made. He not only hurt others, but himself too, and that seems to be common in our lives as well. What we do to others has a way of coming back to us.

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  4. what is that old saying, about how for some, "hell and heaven is eternity spent with the consequences of our actions"

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    1. I haven't heard that before, Clark, but there is certainly truth in it!

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  5. What an opportunity it is for both her and dead father to communicate. I think most of us would relish that happening to give them both some satisfaction and resolution.

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    1. I think Jill wants to understand, and wants him to find peace for his soul. Compassion has overcome any fears she might have, and he has apparently softened because he doesn't show her any anger.

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  6. Oh man! I'm behind here, too! Catching up is the plan this weekend...

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    1. I'm just making my way around now to catch up on this week's Six Sentence Stories, Lisa. It's something I also look forward to!

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  7. Wow... I don't know how so many of you guys do this continuous story thing and keep making it so interesting.... I can barely get out a limerick... This is a great story!

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    1. Thanks, Zoe! This is a rather unusual "ghost story" in that I've traded much of the fear for understanding. It is easy for me to write because I am familiar with a house that fits this story and can see it play out as I write.

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  8. The kitchen can feel like a homey place. I suspect being there with her felt good.

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    1. I agree, Pat, and I'm sure he had good memories of Naomi and Catherine preparing meals for the family there.

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  9. I'm wondering if she was simply seeing what she wanted to see; what she hoped he would be if he was there.

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    1. That's always a possibility, Keith. Jill want's love and light in the house, and she also wants the previous occupants to be at peace.

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