WARNING: If you are sensitive to issues of hunting, you may want to skip this post. Hunting happens to be a sport that our family participates in and has much respect for. Although we view it as sport, we do also eat the meat of everything we kill. We understand, however, that not everyone holds our same views.
It just occurred to me the other day that some folks don't understand deer speak.
I mean, I guess I knew that not everyone hunted, but I didn't realize that deer lingo was truly a foreign language.
And, for sure, I'm not fluent. I'm like on DoeBuck Level 3. Maybe 3.5. But, I'm learning.
My mom's side of the family lives, breathes, and sneezes hunting. My cousin is a professional hunter, which might as well be NFL to redneckians. And we have more pictures of my grandpa standing beside some critter that he killed than pictures of him not. It's just how that side of the ole familia rolls. So although my own family didn't do much outdoorsey stuff, hunting was certainly not strange or odd or foreign to me.
And then I married this guy.
And I have been neck deep in wild game ever since. Not only do I understand the anatomy of a deer, I have the anatomy of a deer in my fridge as I type this. I've had deer heads in my freezer, and we have horns on our walls. We've spent many a night processing our own meat, and the boys love venison more than chicken or beef. My closets vomit camouflage, and our entire fall schedule revolves around magical dates on the calendar which indicate what is in season and which gun or bow you can use to shoot it with.
So you can imagine the all-out giddyness that ensued late Saturday afternoon when I got the call that Sawyer shot his first deer ever. All by himself. And dragged it out of the woods. All by himself.
Seriously big stuff around these parts. Like a rite of passage of sorts.
Because it is one thing to dress the little men up in camo and hunter's orange and send them off for a day in the woods with their daddy. Knowing that it really is probably not going to yield a successful hunt, and it is really more about the being like daddy part that really gets them excited anyway.
But we're on the fast track to mandome now.
And we couldn't be more proud.