This may appear a tad unusual - the post has been written in three sessions over twelve days. I wanted to record my initial impressions to share with you if I could not satisfy myself as to what I saw. I thank you for your indulgence...
I had an unusual sighting this morning- January 7th, 2019.
Most week day mornings, weather permitting, I take our dog, Sadie Mae, for a pooh stroll of approximately three quarters of mile, roughly 30 minutes starting around 5:30. For those curious I always have three pooh bags on hand, more if I'm with Sadie. We see, for the most part, the same people doing the same things with very little variation.
First a slight description of the area: after taking a right turn on the right hand side of the street there are two houses, followed by a small cemetery, followed by more houses until the next right turn, approximately a half mile. On the left, in the corner, is the church's house followed by woods. The house nearest the cemetery has a motion sensor light which Sadie and I activate most mornings from the street. The cemetery covers roughly an acre, and most of the names on the stones are the same as the name of the street upon which we walk. There is a church which is located behind the two houses. The church's house is a house owned by the church which has been used to house hospice patients to keep them near their church and minister. How many people have died in that house I can not say but certainly more than a half dozen in the twenty years we have live here. Currently the church's house is unoccupied and undergoing renovations.
This morning, after making the right turn, I saw a man walking towards us from the direction of the cemetery (there are any number of houses beyond the cemetery so he could have come from one of them). There are two things remarkable about this:
First - he's the first person I've seen walking at this hour of the day in this location, and I've been on this walk for six or seven years. I have seen people out and about, normally I see two or three cars, and two or three people walking from their doors to their cars. Once or twice a week, if we're running a tad late, I see an elderly neighbour get his morning paper from the end of his drive.
Second - he didn't set off the motion sensor light, which Sadie and I did as we passed the house. Now I'm a large man and Sadie and I together make a much larger target for the motion sensor than most people, but the Cuddlewife has told me she and Sadie have set off the motion sensor when they passed. I can not come up with a plausible reason he didn't set off the sensor.
When I first saw him he was in the area where Sadie and I normally set off the light, so I had at first assumed that the sensor wasn't on. That happens from time to time, but Sadie and I activated it after passing him. I can't really describe him too well, it was dark and he was wearing dark clothes. We did exchange greetings (I didn't recognize the voice but I don't know everyone who lives back there). Sadie reacted to him as well, the way she reacts to most strangers, friendly and wagging.
After Sadie and I activated the motion sensor I turned to take another look at the man, I could not see him. Whether this was because he blended into the background, made the turn, or went into a house I can not with any certainty say. I think I would have heard him enter a house if he had, I do hear people leave their houses in the quiet of that hour.
I should also mention that, other than walking for exercise or visiting neighbours, there is no reason to be walking around this area. The nearest place of business is the County Complex, about a mile and half away. The nearest store is some ten miles away. There is no bus stop nor is there any public transportation of any kind here. The area is becoming increasingly suburban but remains pretty rural.
January 14th, 2019
It has been a week since I saw that mysterious figure and I've not seen him since. Over the weekend I was able to ascertain that no one new had moved into the neighbourhood.
Over the course of the week Sadie and I performed some experiments to determine just how far away from the house a walker must be for the motion sensor light not to be activated. The result was that I could not pass the house without tripping the sensor, even when I walked along the tree line across the fence giving about an additional six feet of open grass. I can not conceive of a way that individual could have passed the motion sensor without activating it.
A second point Sadie and I looked into was my inability to see him after we had activated the light. Taking some crude measurements and re-enacting the events as best I could I determined that the figure could not have made the corner had he maintained his pace, he'd have been perhaps 25 yards short of the point. This would have put him in the field of light coming from the first house's front window, which is usually on at this time of day. This makes my inability to see him after the event even odder than I had at first assumed.
January 18th, 2019
I had arbitrarily decided to submit this on Monday the 21st, I was hoping to find more information, specifically another sighting which would convince me that what I had seen was a man. However on this morning's pooh stroll we had another, very different encounter.
Prior to coming to our first corner I noticed a large white form in the yard beside the church's house. The form was about six feet tall and appeared to be a smaller sphere sitting atop a much larger structure, giving the overall impression of human like form. The whole form seemed to be changing shape, like a poorly defined mist. Given that I was looking for the figure I had seen before I was somewhat taken aback. I stopped and observed the form for a bit.
Sadie showed neither fear nor even interest in the apparition, so we sallied forth and discovered, to my amusement and relief, it was a freshly installed propane tank; as I mentioned the church's house is undergoing renovation. The shape changing impression was caused by shadow cast by trees moving slowly in the light breeze. I included this tale to show that I am not given to seeing things which aren't there, and that when I see something I can't explain I am given to investigating it. I admit readily that my earlier sighting has led to my imagination playing tricks on me.
So the YGS readers who've stuck it thus far, what do you think the figure might have been? I'd like to think it was a man, but I can't get around the facts it didn't set off the motion sensor light and that it seemed to vanish when it got behind me. If it was only that I lost sight of it after passing I'd not be so bothered. If it was a paranormal/supernatural entity it is of a type I am unfamiliar with. It did not inspire fear in either of us. It did respond to my greeting, though I can't recall exactly what it said (hello, hi, good morning, 'morning) it struck me as a normal response. In body type it seemed like a perfectly normal man of average height and weight, somewhat smaller than myself.
So I'd like some thoughts from the YGS community. Any thoughts, ideas, or tests would be appreciated.
I will say this, that since I saw that figure, I lock the house when I leave with Sadie, something I never did before.