Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday take out #2

My step mother could be described as brusque at times. Upon meeting her, R was immediately afraid of her. All Father's grandchildren were cautious when around her, but really, she is a very loving person who had an extremely hard poverty filled childhood and was a deserted wife left with two children to bring up and her highflying son died in his fifties. Her daughter in a good personal relationship with her second partner and has custody of some of her grandchildren because of parental drug issues. Unlike Mother, Step Mother is a mistress of budgeting money. Also unlike Mother at 83, she is a couple of years older, she is very social, has a partner, drives, has a mobile phone, a digital camera and her first computer ran Windows 3.1. She is on Facebook and posts at times. The contrast between them is remarkable yet they share the same old fashioned first name.

Her at times brusque manner comes from her being defensive about her humble background and a feeling that she is inferior to most people. She whinged  and complained often at my father, very often, but it was like water off a duck's back to him. He would just laugh. She loved my father dearly and I think he loved her equally. By the noises the teenage me heard in the night, the biz happened very satisfyingly well between them.

She stayed here with us one night a number of years ago. Next morning she complained, I don't know how you can live in such an expensive place and buy such cheap tissues. Dearest Step Mother, that is how we can afford to live in an expensive place, and besides, there are good quality tissues in your bedroom on your bedside table.

You maybe remember we shared a caravan park cabin with her late last year at Fire Fighting Nephew's wedding. Apparently I am always a corrupting influence on her, causing her to drink too much. Oh, yes, she likes a drink, cider being her tipple, whereas Mother now never drinks.

Did you know I am a trained shooter of guns? Maybe I was about ten when Father bought me an air rifle, or slug gun. I shot lethal holes in tin cans, a hole in my bedroom window, to my shame I shot frogs in the dam, but to less shame, tried to shoot my brother, that resulted in the hole in my bedroom window. My brother deserved the failed shooting.

Father went on to show me how to shoot and safely  carry a .22 rifle, a .303 shotgun, and some sort of old military weapon with a name like Martini. Yes, even how to safely cross a barbed wired fence with a loaded gun. I never really found shooting terribly interesting and stopped after one of the guns hurt my shoulder with its harsh recoil. Ok, I have now checked. Martini-Enfield was also a .303, double barrelled and I saw the words Zulu era.

Step Mother and myself had a conversation when in caravan park cabin when we stayed for nephew's wedding last year. Andrew, it's about your father's guns. They are up in the roof at home. Do you want them? Oh, the possibilities!!! I could use the .22 to take out stupid individual motorists below The Highrise. I could use the shotgun to take out a whole gaggle of posh Melbourne Grammar schoolboys at the tram stop, our future politicians and business leaders. I could sell them on Ebay. Is that allowed? But apathy set in, and I said no. Ok, said SM. I will hand them into the police to be destroyed.

Guns can be quite beautiful works of art. I remember the highly polished and incredibly smooth wooden butt of my air rifle. Maybe it was the Martini that had beautiful carving on the butt. The oiled metal is deliciously cold to touch, but they are going and will be destroyed. That is as it should be.

27 comments:

  1. I wish we were half as smart about guns in our country as folks are in yours.

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    1. Sandra, we are far from perfect in the gun area, but since quite tight gun laws were introduced, there has not been one to my knowledge.

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  2. My cousin in the US got a gun for her 8th birthday she is in her late 60's now and got rid of all her guns (had many - late father's as well) recently. I think its a good thing !
    What does your Step Mum think of your toilet paper I wonder???? LOL

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    1. Lady J, isn't she fearful of not being able to defend herself against someone with a gun? I expect she approves of our dunny rolls. We don't do cheap there.

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    2. My cousin used them when she was younger and living with her parents in a very small town - they had bears .

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    3. It would have to be a serious gun to stop a bear. A .22 might stop a bear, but certainly wouldn't kill it unless it was hit in the eye, and even then, maybe not.

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  3. Brusque is hard work ...I know ......it was my mother

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    1. John, I hope I didn't overstate it. From what you written in the past, your mother sounded worse.

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  4. Guns can be quite beautiful works of art?? Even those with beautiful carving on the butt are still killing machines! But you are correct to hand them in for destruction. That is indeed as it should be.

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    1. Hels, they are killing machines and necessary to use at times. I can still see beauty in them and the precision with which they are made.

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  5. At least you know where you stand with your Stepmother being brusque, no nonsense. Sensible about the guns.

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    1. Margaret, indeed you do know where you stand with her, although like all of us, she has mellowed in recent years.

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  6. She's a bit late handing them in and get the police to come and get them as you don't know the condition they're in. And a couple of them might be allowed to be sold to collectors, might be some money there.

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    1. Jah Teh, I honestly couldn't be bothered selling them and I think the more guns that are destroyed, the better.

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  7. My ex planned on having a gun collection. He had a couple of old revolvers with the barrels blocked up with something so they couldn't be used and he polished them to a nice shine, but I don't know what happened to them. He never did get any more. He also had a beautiful old Samurai sword hanging on the wall behind his bar. I'm glad to hear your SM is keeping up wuth the times and her budget. wuth? suddenly I'm a Kiwi?

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    1. River, yis I hev heard of the blocking of barrels or the removal of firing pins (I can't keep that up, and hev sounds more South African). A Samurai sword on the wall sounds a bit dangerous to me.

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  8. I teach my grandsons how to shoot, to act safely when handling guns, and NOT to shoot at any living creatures!

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    1. Cro, and in Australia, not to shoot road signs.

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  9. I think most of us, of my era, beyond and before, learned how to shoot a gun of some description. We learned to respect the weapon...and the use thereof.

    Andrew, do you intend selling the "stupid individual motorists below The Highrise. I could use the shotgun to take out a whole gaggle of posh Melbourne Grammar schoolboys at the tram stop, our future politicians and business leaders." on Ebay? :)

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    1. Lee, yes guns in our time were pretty much part of farm and rural town life.

      Poor sentence construction or phrasing was it? I will do better tomorrow.

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    2. I'm just kidding around, Andrew. No offence intended. :)

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    3. Dearest Lee. I never take offence at an expressed opinion different to mine, especially when I know the person is wrong. I just didn't really get what you said, which may well be my fault. No matter. You are a trusted person.

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  10. I'm glad your Dad's guns will be handed to the police to be destroyed. I think some countries have far too lax laws on guns, glad Australia isn't one of them.
    So nice that your stepmother keeps up with modern technologies.

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    1. Sami, even Mother keeps up with technology. Andrew, can you look up diverticulitis on the internet thing.

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  11. I think when you start talking about beautiful butts and deliciously smooth metal it's a good thing those guns are being handed in Andrew, for your sake and the stupid motorists down below the High-rise 😀😀😀

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