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Old 06-11-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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My father-in-law died suddenly about 3 years ago. As per his wishes, we had him cremated.

A few days later, after the wake, the family got together and drove up to his favorite lake to scatter his ashes. It was a beautiful, calm day as we hiked up to the high mountain lake he loved so much.

We all took turns saying goodbye and then my brother-in-law walked to the edge of the dock and raised the urn, launching the ashes into the air. Just then, a strong breeze blew the ashes back onto all of us and then it was gone. Needless to say, we all took a part of Al home with us.

Some may say it was just a random breeze but knowing Al's sense of humor, I know better.

So, who else has a funny ghost tale to tell?
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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That's funny...
I'm not going to speculate a random wind because I have seen the wind respond to things happening and just for those events.

I don't know how funny it was to us in the moment, but in retrospect it's amusing.
We had a child ghost and he would fill our shampoo and conditioner containers with water.
He would also leave things in the hallway. The hammer was not funny to hubs...he stubbed his toe on it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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That's funny...
I'm not going to speculate a random wind because I have seen the wind respond to things happening and just for those events.

I don't know how funny it was to us in the moment, but in retrospect it's amusing.
We had a child ghost and he would fill our shampoo and conditioner containers with water.
He would also leave things in the hallway. The hammer was not funny to hubs...he stubbed his toe on it.


My husband doesn't need spectral help to injure himself. It's just a natural talent with him.

Is your child ghost still around?
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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My aunt put my grandfather's ashes in the front yard like he wanted. She bought the house from him earlier and still lived there. She told me one day she looked out the picture window at the front yard and didn't know whether to laugh or be mortified, but ants had decided to build an entire colony out of his ashes, there they were even with tiny bone fragments working away. I told her it was typical of our family - 'why live somewhere when you can own the whole damn town.'


I always promised my nephew James that I would give him $1 for every year he was for his birthday. I would be very creative about the way he'd get though I never just put it in a card and mailed it. One year, can't remember why, but I didn't have the cash on me and had this silver hinged Chinese fortune cookie and I put, I think 13 pennies inside of it, and hid it in the bottom of a carton of fortune cookies I got at the restaurant. His objective was to find a fountain and make 13 wishes. My brother decided to make a whole father son day of it and took him to where he went to college and showed him around and these fountains and they'd stop and take pictures of him tossing these pennies in the fountains. My SIL said it was the best birthday he ever had they had a really good day.

James died this past Thanksgiving and (I NEVER carry cash) ever since I've been finding these pennies in really odd places, back of the closet, in a shoe, on the floor, on my driveway, in the supermarket aisle, I even dug one up in the garden this year. I always know I'll get one, I just wonder where I'll find it. It makes me laugh and I remember saying outloud once, "Send me the gosh darn lottery numbers and stop with the G-D pennies already." Well, I think he's sending me the lottery, but just one penny at a time because the oddest thing happened. I was actually on my way to a dealership to trade in my car and get a new one. In the process the driver's side tire and all the lug nuts went flying off the car and over 5 lanes of traffic and I turned the car hard enough for it to drop just making it off the road and in the driveway to this gas station. I immediately got out and ran after the tire so I wouldn't cause and accident. I got back to the car and what was sitting on the front driver's seat? Why a brand new shiny penny of course and of all things, it was dated the year of his birth.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:32 PM
 
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I think these stories are great. Mine isn't really a ghost story. But I could picture my father laughing. Before his funeral (Firefighters funeral, flag over the coffin, guards at the front of the room.) My cousin is walking up to pay her respects and she tripped, but didn't fall. My cousin, me & brother & sister..all we could do was laugh. It's like my father tripped her. She rebounded nicely. Also, the lights went out...but we found out someone was leaning against the light switch.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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My aunt put my grandfather's ashes in the front yard like he wanted. She bought the house from him earlier and still lived there. She told me one day she looked out the picture window at the front yard and didn't know whether to laugh or be mortified, but ants had decided to build an entire colony out of his ashes, there they were even with tiny bone fragments working away. I told her it was typical of our family - 'why live somewhere when you can own the whole damn town.'


I always promised my nephew James that I would give him $1 for every year he was for his birthday. I would be very creative about the way he'd get though I never just put it in a card and mailed it. One year, can't remember why, but I didn't have the cash on me and had this silver hinged Chinese fortune cookie and I put, I think 13 pennies inside of it, and hid it in the bottom of a carton of fortune cookies I got at the restaurant. His objective was to find a fountain and make 13 wishes. My brother decided to make a whole father son day of it and took him to where he went to college and showed him around and these fountains and they'd stop and take pictures of him tossing these pennies in the fountains. My SIL said it was the best birthday he ever had they had a really good day.

James died this past Thanksgiving and (I NEVER carry cash) ever since I've been finding these pennies in really odd places, back of the closet, in a shoe, on the floor, on my driveway, in the supermarket aisle, I even dug one up in the garden this year. I always know I'll get one, I just wonder where I'll find it. It makes me laugh and I remember saying outloud once, "Send me the gosh darn lottery numbers and stop with the G-D pennies already." Well, I think he's sending me the lottery, but just one penny at a time because the oddest thing happened. I was actually on my way to a dealership to trade in my car and get a new one. In the process the driver's side tire and all the lug nuts went flying off the car and over 5 lanes of traffic and I turned the car hard enough for it to drop just making it off the road and in the driveway to this gas station. I immediately got out and ran after the tire so I wouldn't cause and accident. I got back to the car and what was sitting on the front driver's seat? Why a brand new shiny penny of course and of all things, it was dated the year of his birth.
Wow...this is great - he was definitely watching over you as well. How did James pass?

When my dad passed away I was 12. My oldest nephew at the time was 3 and he was at the funeral. At the viewing, the pastor was saying something heartfelt and maybe something from the bible - it was rather long...anyway everyone was crying including me of course - as the pastor finished up, my nephew stood up and clapped with so much enthusiasm and said 'Amen!' I couldn't help but laugh and cry at the same time. I will never forget it! Makes me wonder if it was my dad saying "thank God that's over!" - he was definitely that type.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Wow...this is great - he was definitely watching over you as well. How did James pass?

When my dad passed away I was 12. My oldest nephew at the time was 3 and he was at the funeral. At the viewing, the pastor was saying something heartfelt and maybe something from the bible - it was rather long...anyway everyone was crying including me of course - as the pastor finished up, my nephew stood up and clapped with so much enthusiasm and said 'Amen!' I couldn't help but laugh and cry at the same time. I will never forget it! Makes me wonder if it was my dad saying "thank God that's over!" - he was definitely that type.
Topic deviation: I was just a little squirt when my grandfather passed and my mom had my godmother try and explain death to me. All I kept hearing from people was "He's in heaven." over and over again. So, after much debate, she decided to take me to the funeral home. You know when someone says heaven they think of white clouds. We walked into this place and it was all white a.nd the floor was white marble and stair cases going up on both sides of the entry. Then, I saw him. There he was - I could see him in the room directly in front of us....what did I do? As loud as thunder I yelled all excitedly, "SO THIS is what heaven looks like." My mother mortified and everyone else laughed. They all told me he was in heaven and right there he was so this must be heaven.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Great stories guys! Keep them coming!
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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I think these stories are great. Mine isn't really a ghost story. But I could picture my father laughing. Before his funeral (Firefighters funeral, flag over the coffin, guards at the front of the room.) My cousin is walking up to pay her respects and she tripped, but didn't fall. My cousin, me & brother & sister..all we could do was laugh. It's like my father tripped her. She rebounded nicely. Also, the lights went out...but we found out someone was leaning against the light switch.
Having been in the fire department i've known a lot of firefighters. All of them seemed to have a wicked sense of humor.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:18 PM
 
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My aunt put my grandfather's ashes in the front yard like he wanted. She bought the house from him earlier and still lived there. She told me one day she looked out the picture window at the front yard and didn't know whether to laugh or be mortified, but ants had decided to build an entire colony out of his ashes, there they were even with tiny bone fragments working away. I told her it was typical of our family - 'why live somewhere when you can own the whole damn town.'


I always promised my nephew James that I would give him $1 for every year he was for his birthday. I would be very creative about the way he'd get though I never just put it in a card and mailed it. One year, can't remember why, but I didn't have the cash on me and had this silver hinged Chinese fortune cookie and I put, I think 13 pennies inside of it, and hid it in the bottom of a carton of fortune cookies I got at the restaurant. His objective was to find a fountain and make 13 wishes. My brother decided to make a whole father son day of it and took him to where he went to college and showed him around and these fountains and they'd stop and take pictures of him tossing these pennies in the fountains. My SIL said it was the best birthday he ever had they had a really good day.

James died this past Thanksgiving and (I NEVER carry cash) ever since I've been finding these pennies in really odd places, back of the closet, in a shoe, on the floor, on my driveway, in the supermarket aisle, I even dug one up in the garden this year. I always know I'll get one, I just wonder where I'll find it. It makes me laugh and I remember saying outloud once, "Send me the gosh darn lottery numbers and stop with the G-D pennies already." Well, I think he's sending me the lottery, but just one penny at a time because the oddest thing happened. I was actually on my way to a dealership to trade in my car and get a new one. In the process the driver's side tire and all the lug nuts went flying off the car and over 5 lanes of traffic and I turned the car hard enough for it to drop just making it off the road and in the driveway to this gas station. I immediately got out and ran after the tire so I wouldn't cause and accident. I got back to the car and what was sitting on the front driver's seat? Why a brand new shiny penny of course and of all things, it was dated the year of his birth.
I agree with Nelly, James is watching over you.
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