I went to the US recently for my mother’s funeral. She was a great lady and she will be missed by many, but she lived a good long joyful life and died at the age of 92, so we can be happy she lived a good life.
Two days after the funeral, I was sleeping on the couch in the living room of the family home. My sisters and in-laws and nephews were all sleeping in the bedrooms upstairs. For some reason, I was wide awake and couldn’t sleep. The shutters on the windows were all wide open, as my mother had liked to keep them, and I closed them, as I didn’t like the idea of anyone being able to look in and see my sleeping. Just then, the family cat walked into the room. He had one window which was “his window” as it looked out on the bird feeder and he liked to sit and watch the birds and lick his lips while they ate the seeds my other put in the feeder. But he liked to sit on a chair and stare out that window and watch the world at all hours of the day and night, as cats like to do. He saw the shutter was closed, and looked at me, but I was feeling to tired and lazy to get up, so I just said, “Tough luck, cat, you’ll have to wait until the morning,” an laid back down on the couch. Suddenly there was a loud scratching on the widow as it someone or something was rattling the window frame behind the closed shutter. I stared at the window, trying to figure out what was making the sound. The window is set about 4 feet above the ground outside, so there was no chance that some animal would be scratching at the window screen. It got louder and louder until I got up and opened the shutter and looked out side. There was nothing there. The second I had opened the shutter, the scratching noise stopped. The cat jumped up on the chair and took up his usual position for looking outside the window. He purred contentedly as if someone were stroking him and sat there happily for several minutes afterwards. My mom always loved that cat, and I couldn’t help but think it was her calling to me to open the shutters and let the cat have his window to look out of.
Submitted by Thomas Bauerle – author of the Japanese Ghost Story hit – Kanashibari: True Encounters With the Paranormal In Japan
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