This is a story fitting of the Halloween season. Fifteen years ago in the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a little girl was found in a room deep in conversation with
This little girl was Jacie OBrien, a 4-year-old whose father had died in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. When her mother, Lisa, stumbled upon this strange sight she asked her daughter who she was talking to.
Expecting to hear the names of a few of Jacies imaginary friends, Lisa was shocked when Jacie told her who she was conversing with. In a matter-of-fact tone and without hesitation Jacie told her mother, My dad! Talking to daddy!
Lisa decided to gently investigate what exactly she meant by talking to daddy. Jacie was more than happy to describe, in depth, the conversations she was having with her father, including several knock-knock jokes he had shared.
But what disturbed Lisa the most was that there were others Jacie was talking with too
people she had never even met who she only referred to as the boys. Lisa remembered this was what her husband had referred to his friends from work as, so she brought Jacie a picture
Despite never having met any of her fathers co-worker friends, Jacie was able to name them all as if she had known them for years. At that point, Lisa was not upset, frightened, or even bothered by her daughters seeming ability to talk to dead people.
I was jealous, she said, because she got to see them and I didnt. But she was also happy for her daughter because this meant Jacie was able to spend a little more time with her father.
Many may see this story as a little girl who understandably wanted to keep her fathers memory alive after his passing. But even as a 13-year-old, Jacie remembers vividly the conversations she had with her father as a little girl.
Furthermore, Jacies story is not unique. Since 9/11, there have been countless others who have come forward saying they have been able to speak with loved ones who were lost.
Whether you believe in angels, ghosts, or other supernatural forces, these stories raise many questions about their existence. But there is no mistaking the delight Jacie experienced by getting to think about and talk to her father again.
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