2005-01-04 - 10:43 a.m.
Oops a few details I forgot in that last entry- Jim the Grey Haired Hunter hasn't been around because although the neighbors ALLOWED him to continue to hunt, their Dog was not as welcoming and both Jim and Parker actually were BIT by the crazy dog! So even though they are STILL allowed on our remaining property on our side of the street, they have been afraid to come here. It was marvelous to hear the big Hunter express his fear of the dog! Funny in a way.... and he was afraid!
The part of the story that interested me most was the one I asked about "Calonie's gun?"
Jim excitedly told me of the gun he bought his wife, who is a baker, as a gift.
I was reminded of Katerina, my rifle team roomie, and wasn't surprised when Westley said "See- you can be the one to get the gun."
Westley has wanted to be given my blessing to hunt.... I have vetoed it. The power of the veto in our marriage.He used to do target shooting back as an Eagle scout, and in high school was on a team as well. We have agreed to wait until ALL CHILDREN are grown up and out of the house before we'll consider taking up hunting. No GUNS ALLOWED BEFORE THEN. (Westley does not own one.)
ITs hard when you grow your own food and live in the country to NOT understand the whole circle of life and that all things while a beautiful creation are made and here for use and enjoyment. There is a wonderful respect for nature and apprechiation for its gifts, as well as respect for its powerful harsh force we have come to be aware of. We live in a pocket of land that tornados rip through every year.
Every day I am grateful for this life of working our own land for our own food. Similarly, Its remarkable to sit and eat a meal from an animal we know roamed and lived of the berries that are abundant right here. To me that too is part of apprechiation and use of the gifts we have been given.