Saturday, June 27, 2009

ready, aim, fire

One of our goals this summer is to do more stuff together. Michael will come foraging with me and I'll try shooting with him. Two weeks ago we signed up for a mushroom walk; turns out the website listed the wrong place so we were thwarted (along with 10 other eager mycophiles). This morning we had perfect weather as we headed to the rifle range. Michael was going to show me how to shoot his 22 Marlin.

In my first year at camp I won a sharp shooter award for BBs. True, that was 40 years ago. But I had a feeling I might be good at this. I was. And I really liked it.

A few years ago Michael got into archery. He liked the way it slowed him down, helped him relax, get centered. I don't care much about slowing down. I suppose I should, but the truth is, I enjoy my fast paced pace.

While I don't strive for relaxation through marksmanship, I do admire and appreciate skill. I also enjoy the learning process, the striving, the getting better at something that isn't easy, that not everyone can do. Hitting a bullseye is damned satisfying.

(I was going for a head cluster and a heart cluster.)

Will I be buying a game license this fall? No. If I were starving, I might hunt as a last resort, but otherwise the thought of pulling the trigger on an animal is unbearable. Couldn't do it. Will I continue going to the rifle range with Michael? You bet your sweet gopher-shaped target I will!



At July 11, 2009 at 8:22 AM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Will they let you bring your own deer-shaped target? That would be satisfying, even if you couldn't bring yourself to fire on the real thing!

At July 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

True! As mad as I get at the deer for their destruction of my garden (and as much as I like venison), I couldn't actually do the killing. Chicken.

At July 12, 2009 at 12:14 PM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Impressive shooting! Never tried myself, unless you count hitting a bullseye while playing darts, lol.

At July 14, 2009 at 1:52 PM , Anonymous molly said...

i totally want to do this! i don't think i could actually shoot at the (completely adorable) bear poster, but all the others i'd nail like crazy.
i felt this way recently when i did kickboxing--kick, kick, kick! soooooo satisfying!

At July 14, 2009 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Thanks Leda, personally I think darts are much harder!

Hi Molly, I think it's actually a gopher target, but that's just my guess. I've always wanted to try kick seems like the perfect combination of exercise and emotional release!

At August 10, 2016 at 4:34 PM , Anonymous Gail said...

Hmm, I like to think of it as another alternative to protecting your home.

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