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car ghost

Mainly the tall one, the ninja girl, and Little Springtime ride their bikes to school, but when it rains, I sometimes give them a ride (sometimes they ride the bus, but in this town, you have to pay to ride the school bus if you're in 7th grade or older... so much for free access to education). First, I drop off the two high school ones, then I drop off the middle school one. Then, I head for home, where I can do LJ until the healing angel gets on the bus.

On the ride home, I always have the sense of a presence in the back seat of the car, even though no one is there. I sometimes look back; sometimes I just remind myself, no, I've dropped everyone off already. I hope my car ghost likes the ride.

Unrelated, here are some November photos

dazzling gems that are found everywhere in the undiscovered country

the colors of the november marsh

oak leaves in water


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Nov. 17th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
That oakleaf one would make a wonderful brocade fabric pattern.
Nov. 17th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
I agree! I've actually done paste resist patterns using real oak leaves.
Nov. 17th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Hey nice pics...2nd one is awesome
All of them are good..Which place is this?
Nov. 17th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
This place is in Western Massachusetts--it's right near where I live :-)
Nov. 17th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
Massachusetts??Sweet..I live in Orono,Maine now..And I'm gonna be in Boston probably this Thanksgiving break..Mebbe we can meet up..Nice pics BTW
Nov. 17th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
A get-together would be fun! it couldn't be at thanksgiving, because I'm doing two separate things that weekend (first grandmother and parents, then siser and her family), but at some point, maybe during your break, if you don't go back home?

I have a friend you'd have to meet, heyes--he's a big Lovecraft and Stephen King fan. And me and my whole family (husband and kids) are big Douglas Adams fans :-) (thinking of your icon!) (... you realized I was an ancient creature of 43, right? ... It would be bad if you thought I was 25 or something...)
Nov. 17th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hell.. no..I realized you were mature(No offense intended..he he) when I read your writings..And I'd love to meet up with heyes too.. Stephen King's been one of my favorites for a long time..In fact one minor reason why I came to UMaine for my MS was because of my hope that I could meet him someday..He stays in the adjacent town of Bangor, you know..
Nov. 18th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
You are 43?

*runs screaming*
Nov. 17th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Love the photo of the oak leaves in water! You PAY to ride the bus!!! Good Grief!!
Nov. 17th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
I know... I could go on a big rant about it. If the town is huge, you really need a bus--and if you then have to pay for the bus, it's a barrier to education. I mean, we're supposed to have free education in this country, right?
Nov. 17th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Real water! Real green! Oooh!

I've had a ghost child from time to time.
Nov. 17th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
What sorts of situations?
Nov. 17th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Usually after I've had a lot of care of kids so I have to do constant head counts, or mental keeping-track. Or when my daughter has brought home "throw away" kids to live with us, which has happened two or three times and so for a few months I'm mentally tracking three instead of two--and the ghost child effect comes.
Nov. 17th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
sidetracked by throwaway kids
Wow, kittens is one thing, but children... this sounds very sad. I'm currently on the fence, do I, as my children go off to college, want to adopt children from DSS (who need homes so bad), or should I just get on with the next stage of my life, whatever that is...

I realize this may be a bigger question than you can go into in the moments you snatch from work to answer LJ comments, but... (how's that for a preamble?)

How long did the children stay with you, and what was it like?
Nov. 17th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: sidetracked by throwaway kids
One for almost two years, until she got her life together, got a good job, paid off her debt (then paid us off for a loan to get her car out of hock) and then she met a sweetie and moved in with him, and has been fine ever since. (And he's strong enough to fend off her mother if she splits up with the newest boyfriend and comes round expecting to be supported.)

The other one was with us for nine months. He was great with my son. The more conservative neighbors were--and still are--wary of us, especially my daughter, as he is a huge black guy about as buff as you'll ever see. He tried to help around the house (unasked, I might add) by doing garden chores and the like, and playing b-ball with my son, who adored him. He was with us about nine months, before he, too, got his life together, and moved out.

In both cases these were close friends of my daughter, who had nowhere to go: they each had a bit of family but those families could, or would, not help them. (Couldn't in his case, his mom is on disability, and he never knew his dad--her mother is a mess.) The point is, we knew them, knew something about them. We were once house parents for mentally disturbed kids, when we were much younger, and it took tremendous energy both physically and mentally.

Let's see, there's a third one who was in and out over the years, but she would only stay a week or two when she was having issues with her parents. Oh, and my son's biological uncles and aunts used to use us as a safe house when having parental probs, but that was years ago.

The only one that was ever a problem was oh, about twelve years ago, again one of my daughter's friends--she was sneaking drugs in, and stealing from us. And then she wanted to move her drug dealer boyfriend in. She wasn't honest about it...one day he was here for an overnight, then that stretched into days. It was enormously crowded in our tiny house, they caused tension in us all, not the least because of the drug issue. We did finally get them out, but not easily, and I went so far as to have the locks changed. She prank called us in the middle of the night for a couple years afterward.
Nov. 17th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: sidetracked by throwaway kids
May I just say--you are an amazing person! Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing this. Wish I could do a mind meld and see more of what it was like.

Nov. 17th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: sidetracked by throwaway kids
Maybe it's just a California thing? I know plenty of folks who've taken people in. My family did--twice, when I was young. And I was taken in, when my life crashed and burned at 25, though the husband regarded me as their full time maid, cook, and babysitter, and companion for his wife--on top of my job. And he hated me having a personal life, which is why I've always been so careful with the kids who've stayed with us, to give them dignity.
Nov. 17th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: sidetracked by throwaway kids
But--you're still amazing!
Nov. 17th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: sidetracked by throwaway kids
(sorry about deleting the other comment... to phase it better:)

No, I think people around here do do that sort of thing too--i know of one person in particular who had that experience (of being taken in...)--but it wasn't something that my parents would have done, I guess--I never experienced it personally...
Nov. 17th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
On the ride home, I always have the sense of a presence in the back seat of the car, even though no one is there. I sometimes look back;

I don't do that but when I go into the bathroom I will look behind the shower curtain for Norman Bates.....then of course I think....if Norman Bates is back there do I really want to disturb him???
Nov. 17th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)

"Hey Norm, how's it going? You just sit tight there, okay? I won't be a moment..."
Nov. 17th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Just checking in. I'm back in NC and enjoying your posts. It was really so nice to meet face to face!
Nov. 18th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
How creepy is that, gads! Well, or is it? Maybe is there something comforting to have a presence with you??? Have you thought about who it might be? (Or do you not get into the whole ghost scene as deeply as I do?) And will I ever stop with the questions?
Nov. 19th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
It *could* be creepy, but it doesn't end up being so. It's startling at first and then just sort of there. In my particular case, I think it's more the echos of the presences of the people who have just been in the car, like an afterimage of the sun or something, than a real, true, spirit.
Nov. 19th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
These are beautiful - thank you so much for sharing these photos and for the glimpse into your morning routine.

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