Yesterday, a friend reminded me about Bigfoot.
Bigfoot. I had not thought about him in a long time, actually. Here is one thing for consideration, though. We always call Bigfoot “him” like he is a male. Now, I’ve seen a lot of photos of Bigfoot, and there have not been any which conclusively show that “The Big” is a guy. He could be a girl. Albeit, maybe we are seeing both, males and females. In fact, the many photos we have seen, could be an entire species of Bigfeet. I guess that is what you call them in the plural sense. Bigfeet.
Or. Maybe they are like deer. In that plural way. One deer. Ten deer. One Bigfoot. Fifty Bigfoot. Seems like it should be feet. “Don’t look now, but there are 27 Bigfeet coming your way!”
But, just right there — we have two things we don’t know about him / her. For the sake of the rest of this, let’s stick to the masculine. And if you have two creatures, they are Bigfeet.
Speaking of which. I have big feet. I was born that way. I came out of the womb with a pair of skis on. I am 5’6” and I wear a men’s size 10 or a women’s size 12. That is a big foot. I got teased about it when I was a kid, growing up, tripping over everything. The other dirty-faced-ruffians would clamor around and call me Bigfoot. So I avoided the subject of Bigfoot for the rest of my life.
Until now. I don’t care if you call me Bigfoot these days. Because my feet work and I am grateful for that.
However, we should return to the mystery. Some clarification. Bigfoot or Sasquatch are said to be hairy, upright-walking, ape-like creatures. At least the ones we humans, have sighted. Which weighs heavily in favor that they are males — all hairy and unkempt. But let’s continue. They dwell in the wilderness and leave incredibly large footprints. They have been spotted across North America, and all over the world, for that matter. Over the years, these creatures have inspired numerous hoaxes. Not to mention their popularity in commercial ventures.
Controversy surrounds Bigfoot. Scientists and Anthropologists have long argued about its existence. There are several organizations dedicated to the research and investigation of Bigfoot sightings in the United States.
If you are interested in joining the ranks, the oldest and largest is the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO). Wikipedia will tell you that “the BFRO also provides a free database to individuals and other organizations. Their website includes reports from across North America that have been investigated by researchers to determine credibility.” I have found the link. https://www.bfro.net/
Closer to home, here in little Preble County, Ohio, we had a Bigfoot sighting. It has been quite some time ago. Long before I moved here. In fact, now that I’ve looked at the BFRO website, we’ve had five sightings in Preble County. The one I recalled, was a “Class A” sighting which occurred in 1977. https://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=4970
Two 13 year-old boys back then. That would make them 54 years old now. I sure would love to hear from them if they are still around. Update the story. Get the scoop. It happened down here where I live, near old Camden Pike. We should gather a group of people, bring along large bags of raw meat, and go.
Another Kid Wednesday Adventure, sprung right from the page, and into our lives.
Although, the description, given in 1977, from one of the boys goes like this: “When my friend and I turned around, we saw this creature that was about 9 ft. tall and weighed somewhere around 500 pounds. It had dirty brown hair and what looked like white eyes. It’s arms were real long and hung almost to the ground.”
So. Really. That could be any number of people from around here.
And for the mystery of Bigfoot. Just remember, there is no such thing as “no such thing.”
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
“The sweetest smiles hold the darkest secrets…”
― Sara Shepard, Flawless
“When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.”
― Charles Baxter