One night when I was eight years old, my mother wanted to stop by a friend's house on the way home. I do not remember details about where the friend lived or even which friend it was, nor do I think that my mother would even remember if I asked. It was a very rural, wooded neighborhood not far from Phenix City or Crawford.
She went inside for a very short time, leaving my older brother (in the front seat) and myself (back seat, right side, next to the window) in the car.
As we were waiting, I looked out of the window to the sky and saw a lead grey, slightly reflective disk hovering about 30-40 feet over and to the right of our car. It made absolutely no sound and made no action that would have given it away. If I hadn't looked out, I would not have noticed it at all.
The disk hovered, rotating slightly, while I watched it for about a 60 seconds. Then, it shot off into the sky and out of sight, making a slight sound. The sound itself is hard to explain, a bit like the swishing displacement of air and a bit like a humming/pulsing sound.
The sight of the saucer terrified me, and I never asked my older brother if he saw it, too. So deeply routed was my fear that I kept it to myself for all of my adolescent life and refused to believe in the reality of the UFO phenomenon. However, my denial couldn't make me forget. But it was not until my second sighting 9 years later that I began to seriously start researching the subject and come to terms with my experience.
**NOTE: I discussed this with Alabama State Director Richard Hoffman at the 2014 MUFON Symposium. He asked that I report this case, despite it having happened so long ago.**