This post has a funny ending, trust me.
I literally just dozed off. It was around 2:30 am. I hear my phone ringing… and it’s Kari’s ringtone. You might imagine, these calls in the middle of the night are quite unsettling. She does exactly what I asked her to do when calling me and immediately tells me everything is fine. Whew! Double-whew!
She’s scared. I can hear it in her voice.
She tells me she was just listening to the television in her room, scolding herself for not being able to sleep. She flips from one side to the other. Just as she does this see see her room door bows — like someone is trying to break it down — and hears the accompanying loud bang. I certainly understand why she’s frightened.
I was happy to hear her say she had her door locked. When I helped set-up her room last month I installed an deadbolt and slide bolt lock to keep her safe. I’m not sure what caused what she saw, but I have some theories. I’ll begin with the least likely an work my way up.
- Theory One: A Haunting. I’m never one to discount this entirely. I know, this doesn’t sound like me but I know that we only see and hear a in very small, limited spectrum. It’s proven that, given heightened awareness, we can expand these limits a bit. There is so much that happens in this world that are beyond our human senses. Even dogs can hear and smell better. So, to me, a haunting is not necessarily ghostly.
- Theory Two: A Roommate. Let’s face it, roommates are notorious for pulling a good prank. Given that the house was built well over 100 years ago (so I’m told) there are bound to be ghost stories.
- Theory Three. Hypnagogic Hallucinations. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. In fact, most people experience this at some time and it’s completely harmless. Most research suggests it might well be caused by anxiety, poor lifestyle, or lack of sleep (a typical college existence, right?). These are most common in people between the ages of 15 and 24. It happens when a person is just about transitioning into sleep (or waking). These experiences are completely real to the person. I suspect this phenomenon explains more than a few “alien abductions” and “hauntings”.