Thursday, April 21, 2011

A to Z Challenge - Q and R

A to Z Challenge – Q and R

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Well, yesterday was quite a trip! Woke up, couldn’t move my head because my ear hurt so bad, went to urgent care and found out I had a double ear infection and sinus infection. SO – now I am on an antibiotic and WOW some sort of medicine that had me going BLACK at work. I had to come home and I went straight to bed! Thank you for your well wishes and THANK YOU to two wonderful friends – one who made it possible to go home and the other that took me home, there was NO way I could even drive.
I had extra time to think about Q, changed my mind a couple of times…but, still came back to Quote. At the end of every post, my every personal e-mail, on walls I my home you will see Live, Laugh, Love. Am I going to tell you here and now I was signing that in my book SEVEN years ago – almost eight, before it became something you could find in EVERY catalogue and in every WalMart across the nation! I came close to abandoning it, but I will stick with it – since now everyone is changing it. There are a million variations to suit anyone, but I will stick with my original Quote.  I don’t know where I heard it or read it – honestly I thought I was the first one that came up with it….but probably not. (I also thought I was the first to say Wonky, Hinky and Cool Beans…but alas, now I see it in books everywhere! But, I promise you I am the FIRST to say…”What do you want? Wicker?” in answer to customers and children who are impossible to please! )
My Quote – simple, to the point and exactly what everyday should be full of – Live…Live your life! Get up off the couch and LIVE it! Laugh – Everyday you have to smile, no matter how bad it gets, find the something silly to make you laugh. Love – How simple is this, at the very least LOVE yourself. If you can’t muster that find something in your life that you can LOVE…a passion for something, a GUPPY or Sea Monkey…something!
So no matter what, you gotta Live, Laugh and Love – and if you can’t, e-mail me…the Vanilla Mama will help you find something. There are many dark places that life can take you, you have to, have to make the choice to find something.
Now…for R….RITA!
Who is RITA, she is my ghost…was my Ghost. You don’t believe? That’s your choice…but when your 3 year old tells you, “The ghost under the bed doesn’t like us.” You perk up your ears to listen!
Mommy, “What do you mean he doesn’t like us?”
Pop, “Wait…” turns his head like he is listening, “No, it’s okay, she likes us.”
Mommy, shaking a little because it is not the first weird thing that has happened, “Really, does the ghost have a name?”
Pop, listening again…”She likes us and her name is Rita.”
“Okay then, it’s time for us to go in another room!”
Ex-Hubby and I actually at one point called a priest out to do whatever priests do to get rid of haunting and he wouldn’t. We brought a physic to our house and he confirmed…without telling him ANYTHING that there was a child ghost in the house. I had a friend that saw her…I had another friend that WOULD NOT come in my house without me there because one time when she came ALL the cupboards were open. My ex-hubby had the door shaken like someone was trying to get in…no one was home, then all of a sudden a drawer pulled open while he was watching.
I lived there for many years, 13 to be exact. I will tell you straight up – I lived with a little girl ghost, named Rita. Other children in the neighborhood saw her at their houses without knowing about her in our house. She liked being around all the children in my daycare, she liked me (I think), she was sad, lonely, happy and mischievous. She would hide things, she would open cabinets, she would tease me with cold fingers up the back of my neck.
At one point I was alone in my house…separation, divorce, kids gone…I had never really been alone, truly alone until that point. I was in my kitchen having a drink of some sort and I felt her, cold and prickly and I told her, “I don’t know why you are here, but I accept your presence. Be nice and we will get along just fine.” The atmosphere changed and we continued like that for several years. When I finally was moving out of the house to get married to my wonderful husband I actually invited her to come with us. I never felt her again.
I don’t know why she was there, I don’t know why she was in other houses throughout the neighborhood, but I know she was there. You can believe or not believe…that is again your choice…but, I know. I also know that after I left my old house…people would live there for 3-6 months and then MOVE out! I will tell her story someday.
So, there you have Q and R –
Live, Laugh, Love ~
Vanilla Mama


  1. glad to know you're on the road to recovery!
    such an interesting post, specially about Rita. i do believe in 'spirits', though i think my head's too thick-headed to actually 'see' or 'feel' them. lol.

  2. I am so glad that you are feeling better. I hope that you feel your best pretty soon.
    About Rita, you may have believed in her initially as a kid, but your belief got stronger. In my country there are several stories about people seeing ghosts of their loved ones who had passed away. I think there is a possibility of some other ghosts being there and your mind simply associated her with Rita. I am glad though, that you are not haunted any more.

  3. Good to hear you have something to help you heal.
    You MUST write a story about Rita the Girl Ghost - it would be terrific.

  4. You forgot to mention the television turning off and on when the remote was in the floor where there was no one to touch it.

  5. @ Munir - As a child I had seen a ghost, but it was my son when he was 3 that saw Rita first.
    @ Anonymous - You are CORRECT! There were so many weird things that happened in that house. I had almost forgotten that. I do get goosebumps when I think about it.


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