posted on Mar, 10 2008 @ 12:45 PM
Ok, you asked for it.......This one might have some connection to one of those places the Indians would shun....I'll explain further down.....
This is an event that occurred when I was about the age of 6 or 7....( the 'old' playground equipment was still on the school yard, it was replaced
with all new stuff when I was in the second grade...so it would have been '58-9. )
We ( about 6 or 8 of us) were the last group in the playground where we waited on nice afternoons for the school bus ride home. The kids in town
went on the first bus, then those of us who lived farther out rode the second bus. We were a mixed age group, first graders up to high school age.
The teacher who waited with us usually dozed in a chair in the nearby hallway, semi-out of sight.
One of the older girls had organized us in a game of 'house' or 'rock school' on the edge of the drive that was bordered by a wide deep ditch.
One of the girls pulled us down into the ditch, shushing us and pointing toward the other side of the playground....One by one we followed her
It was about 40 yards away....a tall black figure, crossing into the
intersection at the far corner of the playground, heading down the street toward the woods on the edge of town! Without another sound we all ducked
into the ditch, barely peeking over the top to look. I can't say for sure about the others, but I was so scared I couldn't breath....I was afraid
the least sound would make the thing look my way!!
It moved without seeming to walk....it flowed. It was featureless, it's face hidden under a black hat or hood....it wore a long sleeved, floor
length 'robe' that hid any sign of feet or hands, and pulled behind it a black wagon ( like a kid's red toy wagon but painted flat black, no
reflective surfaces). And in that wagon, was a beautiful, almost luminous, sky blue balloon!!
This 'balloon' was bigger than a basketball, and it floated or bobbed along as you would expect a helium-filled balloon to, if it were tied down in
the bed of the wagon. ( I would point out that in my small home town, in the mid 1950's a helium balloon was a wonderful rarity, and would have
normally drawn us kids like flies.....not made us hide in a ditch!!)
We waited soundlessly, till the figure and the wagon had continued thru the intersection and down the hill, completely out of our sight....I do NOT
recall any discussion about the figure among us, neither then nor in the days or years afterward....in fact I had completely forgotten the incident
till years later.
(This bugs me....I have great clarity of memory for much of my childhood, but this some what weird event, I forget?? )
Hearing a similar tale finally jogged my memory, and a hint of the breathless fear I'd felt that day seemed to 'rush back'.....
I've tried to look at this incident with 'adult eyes'.....was it someone in costume? I don't think it was late enough in the fall to be near
Halloween. The weather was too warm to be wearing a full length black robe, we were playing outside in short sleeved dresses.....and for crying out
loud, why were we all scared #-less?? At least one of the girls was about 16, would she have been so easily fooled??
A tale from the late 40's....
My Father-in-law was telling about dating his wife, and how he'd drive up to see her, then drive home by way of the town I grew up in.....and he
began to explain why he'd quit using his usual short cut thru the back way.
One night, as he slowed to cross the old wooden bridge over the creek at the edge of the woods, a round light had risen from under the bridge to bob
and float beside his car. A beautiful sky blue, glowing orb.....!! He said it scared him ( a WWII veteran of the Pacific) so bad that he NEVER used
that road again!
When I finally remembered my own experience, I realized that Pop's short cut was the same street that 'my' dark figure had used!!....The bridge
was only about 100 yards beyond the intersection !!
(Shortly after this I read the book, "IT" by Stephen King, and I got a good case of the willies when I read his description of the evil clown with
the balloons..... I suddenly remembered my 'experience' with something similar!!)
A FOOT NOTE TO THE TALE....MISS T
When I was in high school, 'table-turning' or seances became a popular past time....partly because the TV series "DARK SHADOWS" , and partly
because we had a local, 'semi-famous' medium living in our town. She once came to school and spoke to our class about her experiences with the
paranormal. I even illustrated a book of poetry for her when I was in college, and had several interesting, tho short 'interviews' with her.....
including one at her home.
It was the very SAME house the tall black figure was passing in front of when we spotted it!!
Sadly, she passed away before my memory of the black figure had returned, so I did not get the chance to mention it to her. You would have thought
that listening to her stories and being inside her house, would have made me remember the playground episode, but it did not!?
Others told stories of things they'd heard in her house ( she rented rooms to some of the teachers ), and they half-jokingly claimed that it was
haunted by Godfrey Barnsley, a local tragic figure from the Civil War era.
(The Barnsley story is the one that might interest you.....it's said that his troubles all started with the mansion he built on a hill that the local
Indians considered 'bad luck' ......I have been there a few times, (went to school with the former owners' kids ) and I have never seen anything
ghostly, but many claim they have.....just Google Barnsley Gardens for more of the 'tale'.)
Barnsley had not lived in Miss T's house, but she had collected many of his former possessions, including ledgers detailing his household accounts,
records of slaves and business records from his cotton brokerage in Savannah....I don't believe he was her 'contact spirit', but he might have
remained 'connected' to his things that were in her possession.....
It certainly didn't look like a gentleman of the mid 1800's....would it have been something, some spirit drawn to a medium? ( Did she live on that
street in the late '40's when Pop had his encounter on the bridge?) Did it come with Mr. Barnsley's possessions?? Could this thing be
what the Indians knew about??