Thank you to all who visited during the 'Tis More Blessed Giveaway. Milo James Fowler is the winner of my books. Congratulations, Milo!
I took my kids gold mining in the northern hills of Georgia. We had a great time. Our stash amounted to fifteen flakes of gold, so I guess we'd better not quit our day jobs! While we were on the underground mine tour, we heard a lot of tales about ghosts. Apparently quite a few folks died in the mine.
Our guide led us to a dark area. "Right in this very spot, the ceiling collapsed, killing all the workers under it. The supervisor was standing over there." He pointed to an area about twenty feet away. "He was so mortified about losing his workers, that he went home and didn't eat or drink. He died in about a week or so. It's said that his ghost comes back to take care of those he lost. So keep your eyes out for him."
That little speech totally freaked out my nine-year-old son. "Mama, do you think that's true?"
"I don't know, Bubba. But if it is, I doubt you're going to see him."
Bubba wasn't so sure of that. He stayed close by my side as we walked through the cold, damp tunnel. After a while, he stopped. "Look, Mama. What's that?" He pointed to a shadow on the wall. It wasn't very big, but it was an unusual shape.
I shrugged. "Let's check it out." I walked over to inspect. "It's a ghost." I said.
Bubba's eyes got big. "Really?"
"No, Bubba. Not really. It's a bat. See?"
I pointed at a cute fuzzy thing hanging from the ceiling.
Bubba breathed a sigh of relief. "Oh. It's just the ghost's pet."
We do love fuzzy batsReplyDelete
They're so cute!Delete
Congrats to Milo, a great post to read.ReplyDelete
It was a fun experience.Delete
That would scare me. I'd scream if I saw a bat.ReplyDelete
Oh, but these were so cute. Surely you would not scream at the sight of such a small, adorable, fuzzy thing!Delete
Yikes! I could never tour a mine. My claustrophobia kicked in just reading this.ReplyDelete
Doesn't sound like a place for you. But we thought it was pretty cool!Delete
Bubba sounds too cute for words!ReplyDelete
He's quite a character!Delete
I'm a big fan of Bubba. I win? Yahoo! I'll be in touch to arrange delivery toot-sweet. Thanks again for participating in #Tismoreblessed 2013, Sherry!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting it! I'll mail your books tomorrow.Delete
haha I'd rather see a ghost than a germy batReplyDelete
It would be cool to see a ghost. But I don't mind germy bats. I'm kind of used to filthy critters!Delete
CONGRATS to Milo!ReplyDelete
It sounds like your gold mining experience was interesting.
It was. I'm glad we did it!Delete
"The ghost's pet" - too funny! I'm wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Lexa! Same to you!Delete
LOL, I love how his first thought was that it's the ghost's pet. A ghost and his pet bat would be a pretty good premise for a picture book, actually... :PReplyDelete
You know, that thought crossed my mind. Hmmm!Delete
He just knows the right thing to say even during a scary time. Dark tunnels are especially creepy. Such a tragic history though.ReplyDelete
We heard about all kinds of untimely demises in that mine. I bet there are hundreds of ghosts down there!Delete
Fun story! I would have freaked out about the bat, but I love your son's reaction. =)ReplyDelete
It wasn't a very big bat. If it had been bigger, I'm sure there would've been a lot of freaking out down there!Delete
I don't think I've ever seen a bat up close. I think they're a little scary, but maybe that's because I haven't seen them. I'll bet all of you were glad you didn't see a ghost. Rumor was that our house was haunted when we were little, but we never saw any ghosts, thankfully.ReplyDelete
All the bats I've seen in real life have been cute. I'm not sure what I would think of a vampire bat, though!Delete
He is so clever!ReplyDelete
I love how his brain works!Delete
That sounds like an exciting activity! I have been to caverns to see stalagtites and stalagmites....but...never panning for gold!ReplyDelete