- Relaxing or
- A personal first for me.
So I faced my fear with Sweetness by my side.
The very nice man at the welcome counter was hospitable. He asked "Eyes and Ears?" which meant protection for both. I didn't feel quite as date night cute as I would like and the headphones tugged at my earrings, but, safety first. Sweetness was an excellent teacher. He showed me how to carefully load, hold, and shoot the .22 pistol. The experience reminded me of learning CPR. In your head you know it is practice, but your body is full out emergency responding. Overall it was loud and stressful, with bright flashes--kind of like menopause. I was a terrible shot, but enthusiastic and I DID IT!
This celebration taught me to mix it up in our date nights, to continue to stretch myself by trying new things, and that I can manage my anxiety around guns. Do I want to own one? No.
But -- if a "bad guy" breaks into my house and drops his .22 pistol. I know I can pick it up with confidence, aim for his belt . . . and maybe wound him in the foot so I can call the police!
|There are bullet holes in this target! Note the "spiffy" on my belt|