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Spirits …

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On the very haunted island of Martha’s Vineyard.. in the town of Oak Bluffs.. in a restored Victorian home is a restaurant called The Sweet Life Cafe.   In this house in the 1930′s lived a daughter and her mother.   In this house the mother passed away.   That woman was my grandmother and the daughter was my mother.   I had never met my grandmother as she passed on long before my parents were married but I always felt a closeness to her.

A few years ago my daughter Deb and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at the Sweet Life Cafe… we’d never eaten there but felt the time was right.   It was around 5 o’clock on a beautiful cloudless and breezeless May evening so we opted to sit on the patio in the garden as it was empty and peaceful.   We had a glass of wine and settled back to talk about our day and enjoy the pretty surroundings.   The tables were beautifully laid out and each had on it a small hurricane lamp with a candle in it.  We looked around and noticed that the candles on all the tables but ours were lit!   Our waitress re-lit ours.   The candle went out.   Again she lit it.  Again it went out.   She came back with a new candle.  Again out it went.   Again she re-lit it to no avail.  My daughter and I joked that our grandmothers were joining us and were definitely in a playful mood.

Later after we’d eaten I stepped inside the house for the first time ever.  As I climbed the stairs to the second floor and headed down the hallway to the restroom I passed what had been three bedrooms and a feeling of comfort came over me.  I like to think it was the spirits of our grandmothers.


Later that evening as my daughter and I were passing by the restaurant we looked in at the patio……   the candle on the table we had been sitting at was burning brightly !!



Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

One thought on “Spirits …

  1. Wow, that is really something! I really feel it was your mom and grandmother giving you and your daughter a sign that they were nearby.

    When we were planning to fly to Martha’s Vineyard, we made reservations at a place called Tivoli Inn, in Oak Bluffs. I emailed the woman who owns it to find out some of the history, ( I love historic old houses) and she said during the 1800s people of color stayed there, and you could feel the spirit of their music and laughter in the house, along with “good vibes”…

    I have a book by Holly Nadler called Haunted Island, which tells about the spooky things on Martha’s Vineyard, which is very good.

    Thank you again…

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