If you haven’t read Louisiana Part I, that piece details the events surrounding an incident in which myself, my ex-wife, and our unborn child were nearly involved in a terrible car accident.

Part II is darker. This will be the first time I’ve told this story anywhere or to anyone. Only my first wife knows about this event. Since it’s been 30 years, she has probably forgotten what I told her that day in Louisiana.

During both of my marriages, and on many occasions, I startled my wife. My second wife was from Mexico City. During that marriage, I had lost track of how many times she called me [Brujo], the Spanish word for a male witch. I’m not a witch, but there are things about me that can easily be confused with one craft or another. Such is my life.

The number one reason my wife and I used to visit Louisiana was to spend time with family. Her father’s people were from there. I was close to my father-in-law, and I became close to his family as well. They are good people.

Just before leaving town, my wife and I stopped to say goodbye to her grandma and grandpa. I can still see her grandfather standing in the front yard as we prepared to get back into our rental car.

As I looked at her grandfather, something happened. It was at that moment that I could see the sad truth. Neither of us would ever see that kind man again. I could see that he was going to pass away very soon.

That was the first time I had ever experienced such an event. I cannot begin to tell you how difficult it was to know such a thing. I didn’t tell my wife about it until a couple of months later, after her grandfather passed away. How do you tell someone something so profound?

The hardest part of seeing the truth was the connection between us. I could see that her grandfather knew what was coming. I could see that he knew that I could see what was coming. That moment between us was quite disturbing. I will never forget that instant connection.

I don’t know how many people experience such things. I have no idea what the percentages are, or if things like this happen to a lot of people. I sure hope not.

Joseph Shanklin

August 4, 2020

7 thoughts on “Louisiana Part II

  1. I don’t know if I have experienced what you’re describing, but something similar. When my dad was in hospice care, I had this feeling that he would pass away on my mom’s birthday – March 15. I tried to tell my sister not to travel out of the country, because of this but she wouldn’t listen. My dad went into a coma on March 15, died on March 17. My guess is he wanted me to remember mom’s b-day in a good way, and instead passed away on St. Patty’s Day. My mom passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2007. So, there’s also something about holidays and death in my family…my son says I’m not allowed to pass away because of this 🙂 (he’s joking of course)

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  2. I know how you feel because I had a similar experience with my uncle. I was visiting my parents who lived far away from me and he stopped by. I had not seen him in years as we lived so far apart. As we said hello and hugged, the room went dark and he was surrounded by a bright white aura. The experience lasted for several minutes and it was like being frozen in time. I was the only one who experienced this so I did not say anything to my parents. At that moment I knew that would be the last time I ever saw him. Two days later we received a phone call from his wife that he had passed in his sleep.

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