Dad used to say that there was a ghost in the house. As prime evidence he would always tell this story.
I think this happened either when I was very small and before my brother Shawn was born or right after, because it was a time when my maternal grandmother, Boushia, was at the house a lot helping my mother.
My Dad arrived at work and realized that he did not have his weapon with him. I don’t know if his holster was empty or if he didn’t have the whole holster, but he didn’t have it.
He retraced his steps, driving all the way home in exactly the same route that he had taken to get to the police station. He did not find it. He asked Boushia and my Mom to help him look for it and they tore the house apart.
Now remember that this was when I was either too young to walk or had just started walking. I would have been far too young to have reached it wherever it had been, so I was in the clear.
They didn’t find it. I assume my Dad either got another one issued or bought another one.
Six months later he went into the closet in the bedroom I was in and there, at eye level, sat the pistol he had lost.
My Dad said that this proved there was a friendly ghost in the house that had hidden his gun to make him much more careful about it, what with two small sons in the house.