As I stepped from my vehicle a few nights ago, the wind blew just right and a chill went through me as I heard my name being whispered. Maybe it wasn't the wind. I don't know. Nearing midnight with the stars filling the sky and the wind blowing through the pines up on the hill, I got the same chilling feeling I did on two other occasions in my life. This was very frightening and I'm writing about it, because I don't know how to talk about it. My fingers always know what to write.
Those two other times both resulted in death. Both times I received those chills while touching the hand of the person that was going to die, yet this time, I was holding no hand. I was alone and staring into the darkness.
My Grandfather shook my hand goodbye when I was 23. It was in the month of April. As I turned to go back in the house, my mother asked me what was wrong. "Raymond, you look like you've seen a ghost."
I explained to my mom that I had this deep dark feeling that I was never going to see him again. "Oh Raymond, of course you're going to see him again. My goodness, he's only 63."
That was on Thursday night. On Friday night he collapsed from a Cerebral Hemorrhage and hours later he passed away. Maybe it is just coincidence that the next time it happened I was holding my mom's hand. After a long battle with cancer she had been in the hospital for five months. In the last two weeks there had been no change and she hadn't opened her eyes. I held her hand as I sat beside her bed. I held her hand no differently than I had on any of the previous nights. Yet on this night, the goose-bumps covered my body. The chilling sensation consumed me completely and I announced for a nurse to be brought in as I thought my mom was saying goodbye. The nurse looked up, pulling her stethoscope away, with tears in her eyes. I knew she was gone.
But that whisper the other night........hearing my name in the wind.... those chills that filled me...once again were so real, and had been unfelt in 19 years, since she passed away....Yet I was alone. It made no sense. Maybe it was just some coincidence. Maybe an echo out of the past.
Then there is the scary version................
Very spooky......... this whisper in the wind..........