Where do ghosts come from?
A couple months back one of my kids told me that a ghost sometimes sits next to her on our couch and tries to talk to her, but for me not to worry because she’s not afraid. This bit of news was delivered as an afterthought, matter-of-fact, which spooked me more than if she’d done the wide-eyed, whisper tell of a ghost story. She bounded away to play, not even waiting for my reaction.
I look at my husband, who looked back at me and said, “Wonder who she gets that from.” I helplessly sputtered, because, yeah, I’m the one who writes dark, scary stories featuring paranormal beings. However, in my defense, I never talk about them around my kids and she’s too young to snoop and read any pages she might find in the office. She thinks I write fairy stories. (My books feature the fae.) So what’s with the freaky ghost sitting next to my kid on the couch?
Could be I’m not as careful as I think I am (I’ll be more so). Could be she picked it up at school or from TV (possible). Could be my house is haunted (not fun in real life). Could be she has a very active imagination (my mommy-sense is tingling). Around her age, I was afraid of/interested in ghosts too. I felt like I was listening to a mini me.
So I guess my question is this: I think there’s probably a day-dreamer gene, and she’s got it. But can the specific quirks of imagination be passed down as well? Specifically, why ghosts? Are certain preoccupations inborn (ooo, good story idea!)? Or is this one just really common, even in the middle of summer?