August 13, 2007

Bullseye

Saturday I took Emma for her first shooting adventure. She had been asking to shoot a "real gun" for a few months, and I kept promising her I would someday. Well, someday finally got here so we took my guns and went to our friend P's farm to target shoot.


Now I'm not a gun guy by any means, but I used to try to be when I was a teenager. My parents gave me a shotgun and a .22 rifle when I was a kid, and the guns have stayed at their house in their safe ever since.

The .22 is perfect for a kid's first shooting experience. There is no kick; and it's small and lightweight.


Emma had never been around a gun being fired, so she was unsure at first. She wanted me to shoot first, so I did. She got scared and said she didn't want to shoot. After a couple of minutes of talking, she and I realized it was the sound - even though it was no louder than a cabinet door slamming - that she was afraid of. So we put on her headphones and she was golden!

For the next 2 hours she shot up paper plate after paper plate with 2 different rifles. She was beaming with pride, and so was her daddy.


You know, it isn't always the specifics of the what that you teach them, it's just that you teach them. New things... New experiences... New sights... That you show them how to live...

Thanks for joining me for My Daily Spin.

9 comments:

stronger said...

Nice shot Emma!

Here's to living...

Bike Chick said...

She looks so happy and proud. And I'm sure it was a mirror of you. You are not going to have to worry about Emma when she starts dating. She can take care of herself!

Matt said...

Great shot, better than I could do!

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

I remember my first shooting experience too. It was a bb gun (I don't even know if that's how it is spelled) and we were shooting at pop cans on a fence. I know my sister hit some, don't think I did :)

hak said...

With kids and shooting, ya can't go wrong with a soda can or a balloon. Gets them hooked every time.

hak

TJ said...

you've been tagged

Benson said...

Great shooting Emma.

Robin said...

That takes me back to my childhood BB guns. What fun! She looks like she had a great time, and what a shot!

21stCenturyMom said...

Move over Annie Oakly! Emma's in town.