An abnormal and paranormal life
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 01:05
A white wicker porch swing on Mobile Bay is where it all began. Cecilia Harrison would sit with her four-year-old granddaughter Kaitlyn Mount as they dissected Kaitlyn’s horoscope.
They went to Mass each morning at The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, which was usually followed by reading tarot cards.
Mimi, as Mount called her grandmother, had a very exhilarating and somewhat abnormal way of life that she passed on to her beloved granddaughter.
Mount, now a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, lives a relatively normal life, at least on the surface. She is a social work major and a member of Delta Gamma sorority, but below the surface, Mount carries out Mimi’s ways of life.
As a child, Mount lived with Mimi from the time she was three until she was six years old. Mimi liked to discuss such things as aliens, psychics and ghosts with Mount, and she felt that her granddaughter had a gift. It came as no surprise that Mount had a bit of a different mindset than the other kids in kindergarten at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.
“In kindergarten, I was convinced I was not a real person and I was just a TV show for the aliens to watch,” Mount said.
Along with her early introduction to the paranormal world, Mount had a vivid and colorful imagination. In second grade, when asked to write what heaven would be like, Mount said heaven was hammocks, mini-golf and ice cream cones.
Mimi, a devout Catholic raised by nuns, assured Mount that there was nothing wrong with exploring the world of aliens, psychics and the paranormal. In fact, she believed that psychic senses were a gift from God, as long as they were used correctly.
“Mimi always told me that as long as you don’t let these things become the center of your life then there is nothing wrong with it,” Mount said.
Mount’s great-great-great-grandmother was a practicing psychic, and Mimi said the gift runs in the family.
“‘Psychics have little feet,’ is what Mimi always told me,” Mount said. “And I wear a size six shoe.”
Mount’s inquisitive nature has only grown since she came to college, and she spends most of her free time doing research on the subjects that fascinate her.
“Kaitlyn is always researching conspiracy theories, ghosts, and anything else you could think of,” said Eileen Dominguez, a friend and sorority sister of Mount. “She’s definitely an interesting person at Southern Miss, and I don’t think there’s anyone at this school like her.”
During winter break of her sophomore year, Mount created a journal called her “ghost notebook.” In the notebook were stories and theories about the ghosts she researched. When she returned to school for spring semester, the notebook went missing. Mount feels that was not a coincidence.
Mount’s most recent endeavor with her fascination was applying for Hub City Paranormal, Hattiesburg’s local paranormal society. She applied to be a historian or a ghost hunter, but the society has yet to respond.
Lesley Brumfield, a senior sociology major, lived with Mount for a year in the Delta Gamma house. She said Mount “was always researching something about the paranormal, and we watched hours of ghost-hunting shows.”
“I think she is certainly connected to the world of the supernatural/psychics/weird in some way because there is no way anyone should love this stuff this much,” Brumfield said. “She had weird dreams you couldn’t make up if you tried, and she had to sleep with her glow-in-the-dark rosary to feel safe.”
Mount plans to work as a social worker when she graduates next week, but who knows what the future holds for her? Maybe she secretly does.