31 October 2018

My Spooky Moment


by Robert Lopresti

Happy Halloween!  May you be visited by enough costumed children to entertain you and not so many that they get  all the good candy and leave you with the healthy stuff.

I have been pondering what to write about today and decided to tell about my one-and-only brush with the supernatural.

Now, I need to explain that I am not a fan of such stuff.  I have no belief in ghosts, an afterlife, or monsters.  Things that go bump in the night are, in my experience, usually restless cats.

But there was this one time...

It happened in late August, about twenty years ago.  I was bicycling home from work, my usual form of commute, and I was thinking about a couple of songs I had been invited to perform at a friend's birthday party that night.  I turned the corner onto one of the busiest streets on my city and--

After that everything fades away.  I am sure you are familiar with pointilism, those paintings made up of individual dots?  Well, that is how my memory of that moment feels.  I can see the city scene and then it shifts into individual dots and disappears to black.

As I found out later, I had fallen off my bicycle and sustained a concussion.

The next thing I remember I was in a long black tunnel.  There was a bright but fuzzy light at the end of it and I sensed that I was being drawn farther away from that light.  I heard someone call my name.

Some of you may recognize that this event contains many elements common to what are called near-death-experiences.  People who have had such events often report that their whole view of the world has been changed by them.

And indeed, if I had blacked out at that moment I imagine my philosophy might be quite different than it is now.

But I didn't lose consciousness again.  And I slowly realized that the dark tunnel was actually the inside of an ambulance.  The light at the end of the tunnel was the sunny afternoon outside.  It was fuzzy because my glasses were broken.  The sensation of being drawn away from the light was caused by my being strapped onto a gurney which was being pushed deeper into the ambulance.  And the voice calling my name?  A paramedic calling the hospital to tell them who was coming.

Disappointing, I know.  There went my one chance to write a bestselling memoir of my visit to the afterlife.

So, on the whole, not as spooky a story as you might have hoped for.  But there are pleasures to be found in the real world too.  Snag yourself a candy bar before the goblins grab 'em all.

Oh, and one last trick or treat.  What do these two book covers have to do with Halloween?  Answer will be in the comments.

8 comments:

Robert Lopresti said...

The answer to my quiz: Dick Francis and HRF Keating were both born on Halloweed.

Michael Bracken said...

"Halloweed"? I call dibs to use as the title of my forthcoming doper ghost story.

Melodie Campbell said...

Halloweed is the Canadian version.

Eve Fisher said...

Ooohhh! Halloweed! I think that could become THE most popular holiday in history. Candy, costumes, and weed - what more would anyone want?

Robert Lopresti said...

Glad you all have so much to say about my essay. Sigh...

Eve Fisher said...

Your essay was very good - it's just that I personally, have the attention span - and the shedding capabilities - of a large collie. Look, squirrel!

Velma said...

A collie, Eve? ADD Leigh has the attention of the squirrel!

Bobby, I'll act classy and not comment on Halloweed. (snort, snigger, snuffle)

Jeff Baker said...

Glad your experience was only "near." :)