When Flo told me she was thigh-deep in learning everything she could about Mediums and communicating with The No-Longer-Livings, I suggested she take a break from scanning all the droll articles, paranormal websites and fiction non-fiction and dig into some Shirley Jackson stories.
I suggested Jackson, because Flo, like Shirley, has her Uggs in two worlds – that of wife and mother, and, then, again, believer in the paranormal – including ghosts – real and written.
I happened to have a copy of ‘Come Along With Me,’ a collection of Jackson’s short stories, including her most famous story, “The Lottery.” The book was edited and published by her husband after she died in her sleep in 1965 at age 48. Perhaps now she is most easily remembered for her chilling novel (and adapted movie), “The Haunting of Hill House”.
Since Flo was determined to find out why and how she’d developed a talent to chat up Apparitions, I thought Jackson’s book, Come Along With Me, might shed some light on how fictional Spirits operated. This was a guess on my part because I’d had the book for many years, but never read it. But from poking around reviews, I knew the general geist of the stories.
Then, to my great surprise, I read some articles on the title (unfinished) story, ‘Come Along With Me,’ It revolves around the main character, Angela Motorman, who becomes a Medium (like Flo) after her life changes dramatically.
You’ll have to take me at my word that suggesting Flo read one of my books, I never read, is a synchronicity – something bigger than a chance coincidence. What are the odds this book would include a story starring a Flo-like character?
Flo and I fall on the side of people who believe Synchronicities are “messages” – tiny, little peeps – clues something Bigger Than Us is operating in this realm or even that suburb.
Call it what you will – and Tag Along