What do Johnny Carson, my Bampa, and a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich have in common? Nostalgia. And can nostalgia be paranormal? Plus news about the brand new Big Séance Podcast #Paranerd Store! Visit BigSeance.com for more info!
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In this episode:
Childhood memories of my Bamma and Bampa 1:42
Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise Sandwiches 2:40
Johnny Carson 3:13
Do you have similar experiences with nostalgia? Contact me! 6:38
Another Spectral Edition with Tim Prasil (Two from 1865) 8:18
The brand new #Paranerd Store! 13:05
Looking forward to Troy Taylor’s Haunted America Conference this summer! 16:03
Thank you for the 5-Star iTunes review, rompotchris! 16:41
#Paranerd Hashtag 16:56
If you didn’t already know, I’m a very nostalgic person. I’m constantly being taken back to an earlier time by a smell, a taste, sometimes a sound, and sometimes at the most random times and places… and I love it. I don’t know if nostalgia is exactly the right term for this, but I think it is a gift to be grateful for. I don’t mean a gift like having psychic abilities, or playing an instrument, but I really love nostalgic moments and I’m always encouraging my senses to catch a ride and take advantage of them. But I’m so very grateful for them, because I was fortunate enough to have a great childhood with an amazing family, and I feel like life would be kind of sad without tiny little breaks for a road trip to the past to re-experience some of those great moments.
When I was little, I used to spend quite a bit of time with my grandparents at their house. I called them Bamma and Bampa, and I still do. For a while, my Bamma had a fabric shop that I would also spend time in. I loved helping her clean things and organize merchandise, even though I’m not sure I was truly as much help as I thought I was. I can still hear the sound of Bamma’s sewing machine running and the soap operas on the TV in the background. It’s funny, but seeing older daytime TV commercials from that time period will put me right back in the fabric shop too.
When I think of my time with Bamma and Bampa in their old house from that time, I think of holidays. I think of different ways my Bamma would entertain me and keep me busy. One of the funny and strange things I always think about is Peanut Butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. I know I know. Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise sandwiches. My Bampa, who died several years ago, would make them for me. Apparently he used to eat them as a kid, and I always assumed it was a German thing. I did learn to love them at the time, though the thought of eating one now makes my stomach turn.
Well cut to a week or so ago. I discovered we have this channel on cable called Antenna TV! Apparently it has been around for a year or two and I had no clue. There are SO many shows and sitcoms from the 70s and 80s on this channel, and if you’re not careful, you can find yourself skipping a night’s sleep just to watch them. But that night I found myself sucked into an old episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson! I loved Johnny Carson growing up, probably only because it was a special moment to be able to stay up that late. I watched Johnny Carson at my own house growing up plenty of times, but for some reason the other night I was picking up serious nostalgia watching Johnny… and it took me back to Bamma and Bampa’s house. In this particular episode, Cass Elliot would make one of her last public appearances before her tragic death from a heart attack, and she was talking to Johnny about health issues she was having involving her heart, but she didn’t seem to be taking it too seriously. Such a haunting moment.
But also on this episode, Johnny was interviewing the hilarious Buddy Hackett. Coming and going from commercial as the familiar theme song would play, I was taken back to my Bamma and Bampa’s house. And I was in my mom’s old bedroom trying to sleep. And in this memory I was hearing them watch Johnny Carson on the other side of the wall in the living room. Suddenly Johnny and Buddy Hackett make two references to Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise sandwiches, and how the mayonnaise helps the peanut butter go down easier.
Amazing, right? How often do you hear someone bring up peanut butter and mayonnaise in the same sentence?
So I’ve told myself that this moment of nostalgia was orchestrated by my Bampa… a Hello from the other side.
An interesting side note to this story is that within the same week of having this experience, my mom saw a local psychic here in Missouri, one whose name I keep hearing about. Well my mom can’t stop talking about the connections and validations from this amazing reading… and one of the biggest messages that came through was from my Bampa.
Another interesting side note goes back to the reading I received from Dena DeCastro in our first Astrology episode. Do you remember her saying that I’d be having more paranormal experiences soon?
I know you all have to have had similar experiences. Some of you are highly intuitive, and some of you have abilities most of us don’t have, and so I’m sure there are lots of stories out there. Feel free to jump in the Big Séance Parlor on Facebook and share… or contact me!
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