Do you ever think you see something or someone in your sightline, turn around and realise that the thing or person is not there?
Just part of your imagination?
Perhaps a shadow.
A shadow of the person you were, of a person you knew and loved but who is now gone? A pet that you owned and is also gone?
I often stand in my kitchen, and think I see someone or something outside in the front garden. Afterwards I realise it was a shadow, caused by the way the sun moved across the garden rather than ever quite shining in. It is to do with the way the house is positioned and I know this.
But from time to time I have imagined I briefly witnessed the cat run across the garden, or someone walk down my garden path. But they are not real animals or people, they are shadows.
The cat died 4 or 5 years ago and people who I am not expecting rarely turn up these days, unless they are trying to sell something. Perhaps double glazing or religion.
But actually I like to imagine the ghosts of those lost are around me. Tribbles the cat (named by my son and often out of the house and seeking to come in) who died while his Master was away at university in the USA. My much loved nan who died 17 years ago and who I swear after she was gone made some of my son’s toys make their electronic noise out of the blue.
Most recently my dad, who died two years ago next week.
Sometimes when I turn around I think I see him walking up the path. In the area because he has been to fit an outside light at someone’s house, to put in a socket or 5 (he was an electrician) and who is hoping for a cup of coffee, a biscuit and a chat.
But sadly they are all shadows.
Or maybe not so sadly since those shadows bring the memories to the fore and that can’t be either a bad or scary thing. They are the shadows of our lives gone by, our memories and perhaps also of memories to be made in the future. They are something to be valued and enjoyed. Not a very wicked Wednesday, but one from the heart.