This is the latest in a series of essays titled “Man Has Premonition of Own Death”

My brother Michael swears this is true: After my Italian grandmother died, and some of her furniture was moved into an upstairs room in my parents’ home, the family cat would suddenly and for no apparent reason sit up and stare at a certain spot, then slowly turn her cat – from left to right, or from right to left – watching something that no human could see. My brother also swears this is true: He figured out that Tabitha, for that was the name of the cat, was seeing the ghostly restless spirit of my grandmother, who apparently did not want to give up her furniture, and so my brother very loudly and forcefully told my grandmother that it was OK for her to leave, that in fact she should leave and stop giving everyone the creeps, and that he would  take care of her furniture – from that moment on, Tabitha the Cat no longer stared and watched as Nothing – nothing we could see – crossed fitfully across the room.

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