2002, Watters Smith Memorial Park, West Virgina: 7 Year Old Girl Hands Mushrooms To Bigfoot


2002, Watters Smith Memorial Park, West Virgina: 7 Year Old Girl Hands Mushrooms To Bigfoot


7 year old Maddie Elkins wandered away from her family’s picnic lunch.  She and her imaginary friend Ted the Leo Lion were hunting for mushrooms, which Ted told her were gnome houses.  Maddie was very excited to gather as many as possible, in the hope of creating a little town for all her gnome friends.

While scouring the dead leaf piles and inching along the exposed roots, carefully plucking more and more little white and gray mushrooms, Maddie came upon a very furry foot.  Her little fingers grabbed hold of a bit toe, which had a long yellow toe nail and hardly any stringy hair on it.  She slowly looked up to see who belonged to that toe.  She was very surprised to see a large hairy Bigfoot sitting on a fallen log.  While looking him over really closely, Maddie found herself still holding on to that toe, even squeezing it tightly off and on.

The Bigfoot barely noticed little Maddie.  It was deep in thought, Maddie could tell, by the way its massive chin was resting in its huge hand.   Maddie felt, immediately, very sorry for that big hairy guy.  So she held up a handful of the mushrooms she had picked.  She thought that Bigfoot probably loves mushrooms, but does not get to eat them that often.  Maddie figured its big fingers would have a hard time picking the mushrooms without smooshing them all up.

No one, she thought, liked smooshed mushrooms, not even hairy beasts.

The Bigfoot was hesitant at first, but soon greedily accepted each mushroom Maddie handed up to it.  Much cheered, the Bigfoot patted Maddie on the head, gently, then ran off into the woods.  Maddie swears the Bigfoot was smiling as it turned to wave goodbye to her.