Friday, April 11, 2008

Little Green Men

Do you believe in UFOs? Alien life on another planet other than ours?

I do. And even though I do, quite strongly in fact, it's never been anything I've talked about. I like reading books written for lay people like me, such as "How the Universe Started For Dummies." I like reading about string theory, even though I will never, ever get it. Even when brilliant scientists try and write a book for regular people, they usually miss the boat.

Now, just imagine the time space continuum as a slice of bread. Got it? Good. Now you can understand the flaws in relativity and move on to the next chapter.

When I'm just pooped out, I love nothing more than to beach myself on the couch and turn on the History Channel and watch UFO Hunters or UFO Files. But really, that has been the extent of my interest. I haven't even really talked about it to anyone.

Until my oldest daughter told me she saw a UFO one night.

She's a kid, and I brushed her off when she told me. I didn't believe her - I still don't know what to think. But one night I was watching a show on "The Phoenix Lights" that recapped the famous sighting in Phoenix eleven years ago. It was caught on film by dozens of people, aired on CNN, and even the governor of Arizona at the time claimed to have witnessed the enormous, silent, formation of brilliant, mulitcolored lights on several things flying slowly overhead Phoenix - until they just disappeared. We live close to Phoenix. And sort of close to Roswell. You could say we're an alien hotbed where I live.

So my daughter came out into the living room while I was watching History Channel, casually glanced at the screen, and announced, "That looks just like what I saw out of my bedroom window that one time."

Okay, I'm a dork. I got goosebumps. I quizzed her. It was an airplane. It was a helicopter. She was dreaming. First, We rarely see airplanes overhead up here in our mountain town, especially way out where we live, and she reminded me that she did grow up on an Air Force Base. Okay, then, helicopter. Mom, helicopters move slower, straighter, and have a blinking light on the tail. This thing was long and round and had lights all around the edge. And it zig zagged. And then it was just gone; I couldn't see it anymore. Oh, okay, you were dreaming. No I wasn't, mom. It was the night you bought me my daybed. I couldn't get to sleep, so I just stared out the window at the stars for a while. That's when I saw it. Why didn't you come get me? I almost did, but I knew you wouldn't believe me.

So even though in theory I really can't accept that earth is it - the only place that harbors life, I don't know what to believe here. I believe that she really thinks she saw something. So I told a neighbor and good friend of mine. She proceeded to shock the pants off of me.

"Everyone around here has seen something. One of my employees said his entire street was out one night because the power just shut off, and everyone went out to see if the neighbor's had lost power, too. When they were all out on the street, every one of them saw these strange lights in the sky. He actually called 911 - and they kept waiting to read about it in the paper, or the radio, or something the next day, and they never did."

Ooookay....

"The guy with the horses behind me says he sees stuff once a month or so. But he would never report it because he's this conservative horseman. They'd laugh him out of town."

Even weirder.

So when the weather warms up, I am going to the deck upstairs and I'm going to look for little green men.

Would you? What do you believe?

16 comments:

Crystal said...

Just bring your camera with you, you'll never forgive yourself if you don't have a picture to post when you finally see one. LOL
Have you been watching Torchwood?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

There are definitely inexplicable things in this world.

jennifer h said...

My son was just asking me yesterday about UFOs and wanted to know if I thought they could be real. And I told him basically what you've said.

By the way, my SciFi Channel addiction is Ghost Hunters.

bluesky said...

I believe anything is possible. Thought I would finally post since I read but never comment. I enjoy your blog, thanks for writing!
amyb

trinity67 said...

Of course I'd go sit on the deck and look for little green men - there's something out there.

My girlfriend's father worked for the military and one of his jobs was to go around to peoples' houses and talk to them about the UFO sightings they'd seen - he'd write down the details and stuff. Wonder what happened to that information...anyway bring your camera and some snacks and check it out and be sure to blog it!

B2G said...

All I keep thinking of is Signs when the green guy walks through the hedges in Spain or whatever, and looks DIRECTLY AT THE CAMERA.

Creeee-pay.

Circus Kelli said...

Hmmm... I believe in the possibility of some things...

Nancy said...

Once again Jen ... we are kindred spirits. I'm going to e-mail you something you'll get right into =)

BetteJo said...

I always think we would be incredibly arrogant to believe we are the only life out there.

But when my ex-husband admitted he thought he had been abducted as a child, and proceeded to tell my children that "they" might come for them next - I decided that if those aliens were REAL - they were jerks - just like my ex. :)

Rima said...

Yep, I believe it. But it creeps me out to think about what that really means. Because if those sightings are real, those life forms are one heck of a lot smarter than we are.

Gorilla Bananas said...

I've met many humans who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Some got the rectal probe as well.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I saw something like what your daughter described when I was about 13. No one believed me either, so I stopped talking about it. And btw, my sighting was just outside of Phx. and only two of us out of our whole group saw it.

painted maypole said...

it seems logical to me that there would be life elsewhere in this universe. but i have a hard time believing that they're flying around our planet. but it could be!

Molly said...

I've always believed too because it just doesn't seem possible to me that we are the only intelligent life in the entire universe.
Both my parents believe they have seen UFO's and they are very sensible folks. My dad is a scientist in fact. His sighting occured in the 50's and the object was seen by hundreds of people. I believe it occured in Hot Springs, Ark. My mom saw what she and my uncle believe was a UFO in El Salvador, also in the 50's It too was seen by hundreds of people. I would love to see one myself!

Defiantmuse said...

I totally believe, dude.
totally.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I wouldn't say I think they do, exist, but I definitely think they COULD exist.

And... have you read Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything? Good stuff. Simon Winchester's Krakatoa, too.