Irish friend tells a fascinating story of his past, when he left the
adopted shores of Australia to visit the country of his birth.
came to Oz as a teenager, adapting quickly and well to his new country.
His days were full and his nights were restful, except for a
reoccurring dream that plagued him.
regularly dreamt of an old stone and thatched roof house, set in a
beautiful, green valley. In
his dream, Jim would open the front door and walk into his dream house,
searching through every room and always ending in the study, never finding
what he was looking for. He
always awoke feeling lost and lonely, and wondering about the meaning of
as a man in his forties, Jim visited the home of his birth and went
travelling with friends around the country.
They were driving along an isolated country road, similar to many
other isolated country roads they had already seen, when Jim was hit by a
strange, and strong, feeling. He
demanded that the car be stopped and everyone get out immediately.
Jim just knew that over that hill, and a small hike away, was the
house haunting his dreams.
enough, an old stone and thatched roof house appeared in the distance, and
Jim broke into an excited run, closely followed by his enthralled friends.
A short time later, they all arrived at the front door.
It was the same front door that Jim knew so well from his dreams.
There was a “For Sale” sign on the lawn, giving Jim the perfect
excuse to knock and ask questions about the dream house.
old man, bent low with age and arthritis, opened the door.
He looked up at the visitors, eyes wide and jaw dropped.
Jim immediately understood how the arrival of unexpected strangers
could frighten someone, and assured the man that they were interested in
the house and heard it was for sale and wondered if they could have a
little walk through it.
owner said a quiet “Yes”, and stood back to let the strangers in.
Jim immediately began walking the path through the house that he
had walked so many times in his dreams.
He was able to tell his friends everything they would find behind
each door and around each corner. Jim
ended up, as he always did in his dreams, in the study.
The owner was waiting in there and hobbled up to the jubilant
stranger. The old man touched
Jim’s arm and looked directly up into his eyes.
was struck by the incredible depth of blue in the old eyes, as the man
said, “Ye should know something before you think of buying this home”.
felt those summer-sky eyes were asking permission, and he slowly nodded
old man came even closer as he whispered, “This house is haunted.”
looked around him, and wondered if the ghost had been trying to talk to
him, in his dreams, half a world away.
took a deep breath and asked, “Do you know the history of this ghost?”
blue eyes stayed fixed on Jim as the old man said, “I can do better than
that. I know who the ghost
felt himself firmly tugged down until he could taste the other man’s
breath on his face.
owner seemed almost angry as he said, “It is you who haunts this house,
Jim. It is you.”
Ireland - County Wicklow
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