I spent some of my childhood in the house in the picture. Our apartment was all the way on the right, both up and down stairs. In he tiny kitchen was a pantry made up of stairs with a wall closing it off. Up above the kitchen and pantry was my room. Most night out of the closet (where the stairs once lead) came 3 people who would watch over me while I went to sleep. I never talked about them, they just a given to me. I did often sleep facing the wall with my back to them, I sometimes found it irritating to be watched. Any one else with similar experiences?
Not as child...but as an adult have lived in more than one house with 'ghosts', sometimes with one than more type of 'haunt'. Some are actual spirits of the dead---you can interact with these---sometimes requests to give you privacy will be honored, sometimes you can help them cross over. Others are 'residual haunts' (RHs)---these usually go thru repetitive motions/actions and are unresponsive to the behavior or words of the living. Sort of like a 'recording' of some behavior or emotion laden event from their life. Many investigators feel that RH's are the bulk of 'haunting' of places like mental asylums and battlegrounds...because the people at those places would have been in highly emotionally states. I've had experience with various kinds. Have at least 2 ghosts and 1 RH (tho the RH may be an 'imprint' of one of the actual spirits) in our current home. They seem to understand we love the place and want to take care of it and the land. The matriarch walks the land with me (as I learned she did in life---after the fact--after feeling a presence with me--because I like to walk the land). The young male spirit is very polite. Asking my daughter once: 'Am I bothering you?' She replied that 'No, you startled me a bit as I was about to go to bed, but you're not a bother.' (Does it surprise anyone that my child would feel more comfortable/safe once she realized the male voice was a ghost than when first hearing and possibly a living intruder?
I have seen/felt them always. Here in the village we live in there is an old parsonage. It is a home now and years back was part of a tour of old homes in the area. The folks who owned it had antiques, very period looking with the place kept as original as possible. On the settee sat a woman in a blue silk dress from the period, she was smoothing her skirt and seemed very excited by the *company* coming through.I gave her a smile and poof she was gone. If I had realized as a child in that old home on the Hudson( in the picture )all I had to do was asked to be left in peace I would have. I do believe they just wanted to watch out for me.
Very likely lovesgift, they were watching over you. I have a sense of that with the ones we live with now. To clarify..i didn't live with any spirits as a child but I did sense them in various places from an early age. I was probably 9 or 10 before I realized not everyone does. I was lucky that if I talked about them my parents did not just dismiss or invalidate me. But I may not have talked because parents did not like me talking to 'strangers' and so would have been upset with me for that had I shared much. One of the things I like about the show 'Ghost Whisperer' (the first season they were striving too much for 'drama' later on) was they got the pervasiveness of spirits and RH's right.