Mythical Monday: When the Sky Had a Tail by Mae Clair

It’s Mythical Monday, and as you read this post I’m relaxing on a nice beach on the eastern seaboard (don’t worry, I’ll be checking in later). There’s nothing mythical about that, just a long over due vacation and highly anticipated. 🙂

Since I’m officially in vacation mode, I’m recycling an old post from June of 2012 that only three people saw. It was before I started Mythical Monday, but it definitely falls into the category. Take a look:


If you scroll down the sidebar of my blog you’ll see “Twelve Facts About Me.”  Check out #3, “I saw a UFO when I was six.” No eye-rolling please!

ufoIt was a warm summer evening with twilight in full bloom. My father and I relaxed on the front porch together, watching as the evening ebbed to the darker shades of night. He and I often relaxed there, especially if there was a thunderstorm brewing.  My memory of that evening is spotty, but some moments are crystal clear forever cemented in my mind.

My father fell asleep, probably tired after a hard day of work. Shortly afterward, something large and green trolled across the sky. I remember it as a semi-cloud, the color of algae-rich seawater. Light spilled from the bottom drenching the street, front lawn, and half the porch in an eerie green glow. The light swept over me in a brackish halo, but didn’t touch my father who remained tucked in the shadows.

I don’t know why I didn’t wake him. When you’re a kid you tend to accept the unusual. The ‘cloud’ moved past, and soon people were walking up the street, jabbering excitedly. My dad woke up and I followed him down to the sidewalk where a woman stopped to chat. She told my father “the sky looked like it had a tail.”  I remember those words vividly.

Had I seen a UFO?

Earlier this year while reading The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel, I found a few paragraphs referencing the area in which I live, and how the “skies were busy” with UFOs. Amazing, because that was decades ago! I was a kid, and this was confirmation I’d seen something! There was even a reference to someone observing “the sky had a tail.”

I’m still kicking myself because I thought I had highlighted that section and can’t find it now, but I remember excitedly pointing it out to my husband just three months ago.

What exactly had I seen? A hot air balloon?  Some freak weather anomaly?


As an adult I can’t reference anything even slightly similar. Given the woman on the sidewalk confirmed something odd has happened that night, it will forever live as a goose-bump memory in my mind.

Have you ever seen something you thought was a UFO? Would you want to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

25 thoughts on “Mythical Monday: When the Sky Had a Tail by Mae Clair

  1. Wow! Very exciting! I’ve never seen a UFO before but would be very intrigued if I did. I’d probably research the hell out of it to rationalize it though. That’s the difference between the adult mind and that of a child. A child is more accepting of the nuances of life.


    • I agree completely, L.j., although s a kid I never thought of it as a UFO, just something strange in the sky. It was only as I got older that I realized I’d seen something unexplained. Even today, I can’t rationalize what I saw. A mystery that still makes me wonder every time I think of it!


    • Had I been older, Donna, I’m sure I would have freaked out. As a kid, I guess I didn’t think anything of it.

      And I’m loving the vacation. A little windy but sunny and mostly warm. I already hit the boardwalk for an early morning stroll 🙂


  2. Enjoy that vacation, and keep your eyes to the sky, Mae! I’ve never seen a UFO, but I think I’d like to! Of course, knowing my luck I wouldn’t have a camera ANYWHERE in sight when the wondrous event transpired…


    • Hi, Sue. Actually I’m northeast but September is still a 50/50 shot at beach weather. Today it was warm enough fo the boardwalk, but too windy for the beach. We’re gong to try again tomorrow *crossing fingers* great to see you here! 🙂


  3. Happy vacay Mae! Well deserved I am sure. Never seen a UFO, and not bothered if I ever do. I know, pretty boring, eh? Even though I loved the X-files, it just has never been one of those things that I cared much about. But then, if I had been “touched” like you, that would most likely be a very different story.


    • It’s always those times you don’t expect, Cd, like relaxing on the porch with your dad, lol. I think it would be very cool if you saw one, but I think the wonder is best if you’re not looking for one!


    • LOL! I think i I saw one today, I’d be thinking the same thing Lorraine. Kids just don’t realize that maybe they should be scared.

      Thanks for the well wishes on vacay. We’re having. Great one!


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    • I still don’t know what I saw that night, Sheri, but it remains a UFO in my mind, because I just can’t think of anything similar. So glad you dropped by to check out my tale…and you know how I am about the photos. I just love the creative process of storytelling through visual images as well as words!


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