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  • Writer's pictureCheri Newell


Could have been a werewolf!

My husband, Steve, and I were driving home one foggy fall evening. As we came around a bend close to home, something ran across the road in front of us.

"There's a coyote!" Steve called out.

I was looking the other way, so all I saw was something running up the hill into the bushes.

"Could have been a werewolf," I said.

"Ya, maybe," Steve smiled.

We arrived home a few minutes later. Austin, our son, was busy with a TV show.

"Hey, Austin," Steve said. "We saw a coyote just around the corner from here."

"Could have been a werewolf," I said.

"Oh Mom. We don't have werewolves around here."

He was absolutely serious!

"Yeah, Austin, you're right."

Steve and I went to our bedroom, laughing.

I'm not sure if werewolf came up as a Halloween costume, but all I could find was this picture of Austin as a colonial settler. Close enough... right?


This story and photo of Austin were sent in by Mary Moe, Palos Verdes, CA.

I love how kids' minds work. Nothing is too magical or unbelievable for them to consider... except where the magic takes place! Many creatures are out there, just not in our neighborhood. I love pondering… THE KID DID WHAT?


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Cheri Newell
Cheri Newell
Oct 15, 2022

Jeff... I love how your mind works!!! Thanks for the amazing commentary and I will take it under advisement when going out at night!!!🤣

Jeff Guenther
Jeff Guenther
Oct 15, 2022
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Don't forget your silver bullets, Cheri!


Jeff Guenther
Jeff Guenther
Oct 15, 2022

You can't logically prove a negative. That is, you can't say "we have no werewolves here" with certainty. To do so, you'd have to examine every square inch of territory "here" for signs of werewolves. That is almost never practical, and, of course, might go from true to untrue in a trice, if there are werewolves in adjoining areas or being shipped in by fans of werewolves. People do that sort of thing.

"Werewolves don't exist," similarly, remains impossible to prove. It was once said that black swans don't exist. This was ultimately proved untrue when black swans were discovered aplenty in Australia.

So "Could have been a werewolf" remains a possibility, however remote, since we can't prove there aren't…

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