Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Little Archers
As I grew up in a household that did not believe in hunting, it took me quite some time as an adult to come to the place where I am not only comfortable with the concept, but welcome it. See, I got my first taste of venison cooked right and there was no looking back. Being that I'm an omnivore, I felt it was not hypocritical of me to embrace hunting. And the way I've come to see it is this. These animals have lived free range lives, not confined, not "slaughtered". They have picked at the berries and grass, they have eaten apples from the tree, leaving a path in the frost to the woods and basically lived life in a manner that is inherent to their being. The way God intended them to live. Yes, we are killing them to eat them, and this is not something that we take lightly, but they have lived in a way that honors their very spirit. And let's face it, in the scheme of things, at least when they are killed in the wild, they have a fairly good chance of escaping that arrow or bullet all together.
I also need to explain that the boys are never allowed to use these without either Mom or Dad being present. They are off limits without supervision. We're also contemplating getting Maestro a BB gun for Christmas for some target practice. He was shooting .22's in class, so we think it will be a good intro for home. I know all of you that know me can't believe I'm letting even a BB gun into my home. Things changed when we decided to get more self sufficient, my mind set has evolved.
Wishing you little marksman of your own, ~Peacemom