Catherine Got Me!

Bewitched in Salem

Catherine didn’t bother us during the night. I woke up around 3am and thought I heard some shuffling, but it turns out that it was just Joseph snoring. No noise, nothing disturbing, no missing items – unless you count the missing toothbrush “hat” – which had slipped to a shelf under the sink. Did it slip, or did Catherine push it? I was betting on the slip. However, to be honest, it was a little something, but I just couldn’t be sure.

After getting dressed, Joseph and I packed up our stuff and went to breakfast in the charming red-brick-painted-white-basement dining room. Afterward, while Joseph waited in the car and before I turned in my keys, I went back to the room to use the bathroom. As I left the room, I just couldn’t resist another “conversation” with Catherine. Yes, call me crazy. I did do it again! The thing was that I felt like I hadn’t really connected with Catherine. And I hate to miss a good spirited encounter!

So, before I left the room, I spoke into the air. I told Catherine that I really appreciated that she left us alone. At the same time, however, I admitted to her that a part of me was disappointed that we hadn’t had any interaction.

Then I locked the door for the last time, walked down the long hall and the steep stairs to the front desk. No one was at the desk, but I could hear a desk clerk around the corner. So I waited. Good thing, too.

As the woman came out from the back room, she greeted me. Then she rounded the bend to the reception desk. As she did, she matter-of-factly said, “Your skirt is in your underwear.” What?? 

Sure enough, I put my hand down and felt my bare upper thigh. How could that have happened?  It was a long way from the room to the desk…how could I not have noticed?

As I pulled my skirt out of my underwear, I laughed. “I was going to tell you that I’d had no experience with your ghost, Catherine,” I told the woman. “But, since I just left the room with my butt hanging out, maybe I was wrong.”

The woman concurred. She laughed in both understanding and recognition as she admitted, “Catherine got you!”

When I got to my car, I told Joseph. We were hysterical. Then, for the rest of the day, no matter what happened, we blamed Catherine.

 

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The Maine Diaries is a fun look at my annual adventure to New England where I unwind from normal life and reconnect with myself.

I was captivated by the Maine Coast on my first trip there in the late 90’s. In the years since, I’ve traveled up and down the coast from Kittery to Calais but I spend most of my Maine time Downeast. I love the adventures I have and the chance to unwind from the world and restore my inner clarity. I chronicle my experiences in The Maine Diaries.

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