~This blog entry is brought to you from the electronic portfolio of CS5 student Genna Adamski. Conserve School electronic portfolios connect student experiences to the school’s 17 learning goals. Genna is from Seymour, Wisconsin and she attends Pulaski High School.~
Learning Goal: Demonstrates the inquiry-based, observational and reflective skills necessary to the development of an on-going sense of place.
How many things in this world are unexplainable? Will there ever be answers for if there are ghosts or aliens are real? Of course there have always been stories that have been told as explanations for the odd things in this world although they may not be true, they help us better grasp onto supernatural occurrences. My mother is a great story teller. She would always tell me and my brother stories around the campfire. My absolute favorite is this one…
A long time ago there was a Native American village near Paulding Michigan. Then a European settlement developed nearby. There was lots of hatred between the two communities. Except a settler man and a Native American woman, they had fallen in love secretly. They couldn’t let anyone know about their love because it would mean exile, or worse. So they would meet secretly at the top of a hill in the middle of the night. The man would bring a lantern and the woman would bring a torch. One time when the man snuck out of the settlement to meet the woman, one of the man’s fellow villagers followed him and saw him with the woman. The other man ran back to the settlement and told the other villagers. Then the villagers went to the top of the hill and found the scandalous story to be true. They were so angered; the villagers killed the woman and banished the man. And now every night you can see the light of the Native American woman’s torch, searching for her love. Then you will see another light join the woman’s light. It is the light of the man’s lantern.
This is my family’s explanation for the Paulding Light of Paulding Michigan. This Saturday our advisory group got to see this light! It was so amazing!! I have seen the light once before and I believed it was a phenomena. Then it was brought to my attention that there was a highway nearby so my thoughts that the source of the light was from the car headlights. However after seeing the lights move in irregular patterns, I have come to the conclusion that it is an unknown source of light. I just want to believe that it is something unexplainable.
The light can’t be headlights from cars because it moves in weird patterns and goes above the tree line. It could possibly be a ghost, but there is very little evidence for this. Another theory people have created for the source of the light is that it is the base of aliens in the Midwest. That theory is a bit too bizarre for me. But if you have ever heard of the will of the wisp legend from Europe, you would notice a lot of similarities between the two theories. The will of the wisp is said to be caused by swap gas that has been ignited somehow to form a light source. That seems like a very good explanation except European soil and swamps are very different from American swamps.
I have put a lot of thought into to what the Paulding Light could possibly be. My conclusion is that we will never know what this could possibly be. I think we are not supposed to know what it is. There always must be something that is unexplainable, and no amount of inquiry can ever determine what it is. Some things in this world are better left unknown.
~Genna Adamski, Conserve School Semester 5
Here are more pictures from that trip to observe the Paulding Light.