One time, in a rural setting in the dead of winter, a Massachusetts notary had a strange experience.
While at a signing to refinance the home, an old Victorian 14-room house with adjoining rooms and creaky doors, our Massachusetts notary heard a rocking chair. The sound was coming from the next room. He and the woman who owned the house were sitting in the dining room at a table, signing and notarizing all the paperwork.
Throughout the signing process, the sound kept on. The notary assumed it was another member of the family. Just when the signing was over, a man with red hair walked through the dining room from the next room, into the kitchen, and out the back door.
“Was that your–son?” the notary asked, a bit bewildered as to what he should say. The woman looked strangely at the Massachusetts notary. “What do you mean?” she asked.
“I mean the man who just walked through the room. Was he the one rocking in the living room?”
“I didn’t see anyone,” the woman commented. “But if you’d like, we can have some tea and I can tell you something my husband used to tell me.”
Needless to say, this very serious and successful notary was beginning to feel uncomfortable. Was the woman blind? Was she deaf? Just what was going on? scowled our Massachusetts notary.
It turned out that the husband, who had died, had often heard a rocking chair. The house had no rocking chair, and there was no red-haired man in the house. However, the woman’s husband–and others who had lived there before–had seen a red-haired man from time to time.
On the day our notary was there, the woman saw and heard nothing. Had the red-haired man–a former owner of the house 100 years before–been glad when the signing was finally over…and the present owner was content once more?
“I still don’t know what to think,” says the notary, “and I’m not sure what really happened there. I do believe the woman. I certainly saw something. Maybe that was the spirit of the house, no longer tense and anxious about the finances of its owner. The loan made everything ok.”
Or maybe this is just what the lender would like us all to think.
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