One night, when I was around six or seven years old, I lost my second tooth. I was very excited about the Tooth Fairy and placed my tooth under my pillow, knowing that when I awoke in the morning there would be a dollar bill waiting for me instead.
Like most small children, I was excited and was wide awake in my bed. I was never afraid of the dark and my light was out, the door open ajar at my mother's insistence. In those days, I kept my old high bed pushed against the wall, next to the window, and I would hold the blinds out of the way and sit on my bed and stare out into the front yard when I couldn't sleep. Our house was the last on the left at a dead end. There were no streetlights and our yard was over an acre, the house set rather far from the street. My window faced the street, and there was a large Azalea bush several feet in front of it.
Well on that night, I couldn't sleep because I was so excited about the Tooth Fairy coming. There was a full moon and the yard was bright enough to see if anyone was walking around. As I was gazing out the window I saw a bright orb of greenish yellow light coming towards my window from the street. The ball of light grew as it traveled down my yard towards my window, then it turned around the Azalea bush and floated out of sight around the side of the house.
This could not have been a flash light or anyone in my yard, as I would have seen them. The ball of light was about the size of an adults fist and it floated around five feet from the ground. When I saw the light I dived under my blankets and pretended to be asleep because I believed that I had just seen the Tooth Fairy, and I was afraid that she would know that I had seen her and would not come take my tooth. I felt no fear at all, just excitement and a bit of guilt, like I had seen something I should not have. At some point I fell asleep.
I never really thought about it for years. I told no one because at that age I honestly believed in things like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, and I didn't think that I had seen anything mysterious or strange. But now when I think back, the memory is still very clear, I honestly can't figure out what it was that I really saw.