This Sunday morning, Gary and I went to the Alabama Hunt club. I wanted to go there to listen and learn. Gary wanted to go skeet shooting. I will say it was a very positive experience and… A lot of fun.
The first business of the day was a gun safety class. The class had participants from early teens to folks in their 80s and 90s. I remember the instructor pulling a pencil out of his pocket and saying “If you make a mistake with this, you can erase it”. Then he pulled a bullet out of his pocket and said “If you make a mistake with this, there’s no way you can erase it”.
The men and women I met were warm and welcoming. It really is about respect. Isn’t it? I listened to those who wanted to talk and share their concerns about people judging them. Here, there’s a great sense of family. They hunt and target shoot. Gun safety is a priority.
It is a small world. Of all things, I ran into a customer, then a family from my neighborhood in Williamsville and an elderly woman who was the Eucharistic minister at my church. You see, we have so much more in common than people think. If we could just talk more and not let political operatives keep us apart, the world would be better. Wouldn’t it?.
Now, for the fun part. After the safety class, Gary went to skeet shoot. I wandered around and two gentlemen asked me if I would like to target shoot. I was concerned because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to because of the injuries I have to my shoulders and arms from the car accident I was in a few years ago. Fortunately, one of the men set me up so everything was comfortable. The rest is history!
I had five shots and all five landed in the center of the target. I asked if I could do something more challenging and he told me to aim for the half inch logo in the corner of the target. One try...perfect shot! Of course, I’m sure I have an advantage. Being a photographer for 30 years probably gave me an edge.