Cash, Johnny – Moma, my brother Jamie is here
Type of Spiritual Experience
This could be interpreted so many ways. Was he related to Jamie in a past life, or was he simply aware of the presence of the spirit of Jamie? This is all we know.
A description of the experience
Cash – The autobiography of Johnny Cash
A lot has been created on this veranda, in this spot. Billy Graham wrote parts of three of his books here, and it's one of my own favourite writing places. And then of course it's possible that some of the descendants of the Barretts -the Barretts of Wimpole Street, the family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the original owners of the property - wrote some of their journals, prose, and poetry here.
Certainly they experienced life here, and death; many of them are entombed in their own private cemetery in a lovely spot down the hill from the house, one of my favourite places in the world.
Every one of the men, women, and children buried there lived and died in the house I now call mine.
On John Carter's first visit to the cemetery, when he'd just turned four, he said something to June as she opened the gate that she didn't understand at first :'Moma, my brother Jamie is here.' She was mystified, but then, as she was looking around, she went down to read the smallest of all the tombs, one of those heartbreakingly tiny memorials you always know at a glance marks the grave of a young child.
The stone was worn on one side, so she couldn't make out the last number in the birth and death dates, but the first three numbers of both were 177-, and the young Barrett's Christian name was James. She still didn't understand, but there it was, and there it is today.