We, the Society of the Haunted, just wrapped up another investigation tonight and once again my daughter, Arielle, was along as an investigator-in-training. It’s too early to tell if this is just a passing interest for her, she is just 16 ears old after all, but ever since I have become more involved in the field she has wanted to tag along. This actually goes back to my first visit to the Samuel Mudd house in Waldorf, Maryland, and the Surratt House in Clinton when Arielle came along with me to research for my Ghosts of Maryland book, so I’m hopeful the interest is genuine. She also likes to remind me that she thinks Zak Bagans is cute, so there’s a lot of 16 year old girl there as well.
She is eager to learn and has already gone over her audio from tonight. She didn’t come across anything out of the ordinary, but wants to go over it again when she wakes up in the morning. I like the ambition. She came along with us to Fort Chaffee two weeks ago and went through all of her photographic and video evidence right away. There were no complaints about feet hurting or being too tired, so I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing strictly looking at her as a future paranormal investigator. She also willing to help with the group’s web site after having aced her web development class in high school.
So the question comes down to ow I feel about this as a father. Sure, there are times we mix it up with some interesting spirits, and thta could be quite concerning for any parent. I also know that we go in protected and Arielle and I are quite strong in our faith. The possibility of something following us home always exists, but I have yet to be seriously worried about that. I’m not naive and take that possibility lightly — as I’ve said, we protect ourselves. I also support my daughter’s life decisions and what she wants to do with her future, so if investigating the paranormal is something she wants to include in her future then I support her. She just needs more experience and training at this point.
So does anyone else in the family have an interest in paranormal investigation. My wife, Robin, has expressed a passing interest from time to time, but she gets hung up at the fact that we will investigate some cemeteries. She is an empath and has some interesting sensitivities, so having her along would be interesting. She just needs to develop some tougher skin for it. I know… I’m being a bit blunt about my wife here, but it’s in the early hours of the morning and I’m just kind of dishing it like it is. Robin would probably also make sure we stuck to our game plan for each particular investigation if we strayed. Yeah, crack the whip. Heh…
So twenty years from now I might be sitting on a couch looking at a photo album with my grandchildren and saying, “Now this is a photo of your mom and I with the ghost of old Mr. McOne.” Good times… good times.