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Some Kids I Have Known
Tabatha's Ghost

"You know, Mom, there are some things' one, can only tell a Native American Mother?"

"Yes, what is it?" Her mother was her usual interested self.

"Well, the other night Sister called me." "It was a little late but sometimes she calls after the children are settled and in bed." "She asked me if I would run over." "She said Tabitha had been sick for two days." "Her fever was down and Sister said she was exhausted." "You know how close she is to those children."

When I went over she handed Tabitha to me, went in, to the bed, and all but fell on it." "She was just totally asleep in minutes."

"Tabitha sat at the table with her coloring book and crayons." "She was wide awake, so we played." "She kept turning to someone on the other side of her to visit with them." "She would share her colors with them." "She pushed her coloring book toward them so she could color one half the page and they the other half." "All this time there was no one there."

"I remembered how you said one should reprimand those spirits who cross over, for doing so."

"I said to whoever, or whatever was there." "You just go on now." "We don't need you here." "You are in the wrong place."

"No sooner did I say this, when Tabatha jumped down from the table like she was running after someone." "In the middle of the floor she suddenly stopped." "While seeming to look a little up toward them, she all at once backed up three or four steps." "It appeared that someone was walking toward her." "Then she began to chase them again." "She stood holding her hands on the glass of the door while she looked out."

"While she was doing this, the dog was yapping and running like he was nipping at someone's heels." "All the while there was no one there."

"When Sister awoke, I told her what happened." "We talked about it quite a bit." "She wanted to know what I thought about it." "You know Sister, her geology science thing."

"Oh yes." "Well." The Indian woman was non-committal also. "Some of her personality has to do with education." "However, there is a lot that is just the way she is." "She wants to know the whole story." "She has been that methodical since she was a baby." "She talked like a lawyer before she went to school."

With that statement the two women laughed as they enjoyed the gentle little woman's ways who was a sister to one and a daughter to the other. They both were deep into their own thoughts about her.

The daughter broke the silence. "I was a little surprised when Sister called me the next day to tell me she had told the doctor."

"I don't know why that surprises you." "You know she was going to find out all she could when it comes to one of her grandchildren." "It is like she has each one labeled like one of those test tubes in a lab." "This one has these properties." "This one is for this." "That one will do this."

Again they both had to chuckle about the personality they both loved so much. Her sister could see the busy little woman in her mind. It was a fact the prissy, little, dainty woman, who had always looked to every part of her wardrobe with a fastidious place had over the last two years barely left her sweat suit off. She was so involved with the care of the grand children there seemed literally no time for her usual feminine regimen.

"Well, anyway, she told the doctor." "He took the time out from his busy schedule to explain to her that Tabatha was all right." "He told her that sometimes bright children do have imaginary play mates." "This time though, he thought it probably, had something to do with the medicine." "He said sometimes it does cause children to hallucinate."

Everyone who knew her mother had the experience with the woman's quick thinking and equally quick response. Sometimes, it was easy to accept her judgement and sometimes not so easy. She had at one time been offered a position in the Indian courts as a judge. If she had the heart for it, she certainly would have done an excellent job. She had a gift and a talent for seeing through a matter as to the reality of the thing. No matter how sure one was of their position she could always bring out the truth of the circumstances. There were times when she only had her wit and her ability to call these facts to the attention of those in positions of decision making. This ability had always served her well in the role she had to often play as interpreter between someone of her Indian family and someone or other circumstance or position in which they found themselves.

The older woman offered this quick response to her daughter.

"Was the dog taking medication too?"

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