The Great White Ape of Steele's Creek Park
(And why children love Halloween)
My little sister bought it for me when I was in college. It was a remarkably lifelike gorilla suit, complete with a mask, hands, and even feet. She spray-painted it white (I suppose for camouflage since she bought it in winter).
So it became The Great White Ape. (And at times, so did I.)
By the time I began teaching elementary school, I would intertwine lessons with stories of the legendary Great White Ape - who just happened to inhabit the woods of our local Steele Creek Park.
One of the dearest friends I ever had, Glen Eads, and I taught for a few years together at Bristol’s Highland View Elementary. One spring we made plans to take our classes on a field trip to hike at Steele Creek Park - which made it a perfect time to unwind a Great White Ape yarn and prank.
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