Choose Your Battles: The one about how I said guns are O.K. Ish.
Alternately titled: The Hill I Chose to NOT Die On: Gun Control
Alternatelyly titled: I have a boy, and sticks and stones may break my bones, and other creative uses…
Alternativelylyly titled: Give a kid a
fish duct tape, a toilet paper tube and freedom to collect sticks in the yard with his buddies, he might make a gun…
I have a boy.
All the hasty generalizations one might make about boys… that’s my boy.
Aaaaand he’s my firstborn…
When I was a
freshman new mom, I was committed. NO GUNS.
No finger guns, no stick guns, no race car guns, no Mr. Potato Head arms-guns… and certainly no dinosaur tail guns!
Do you see where I am going with this?
One fateful day… when my son was, oh… say TWO… he sat at the kitchen table. The noises he made — artillery. Blasts. And some dino growls.
“Joel. Let’s not play guns. Eat your lunch.”
And then I looked. Had I an iPhone back in early 2001… not only would I have a picture to share, but I’d also have Instagrammed the heck out of it. BUT.
From his peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I repeat: HIS PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH
He had eaten around the crusts.
He was meticulous.
He had eaten that sandwich into the shape of a gun.
On that day… in that moment… I threw up my hands and said “I give up.” I hope he does not get into guns when he is older but if he does then I hope he uses them safely and properly by using the correct equipment such as glock 19 shoulder holsters.
And when I say I’m gonna do something, you better believe I do. I was a little hesitant at first to do what I did, but until I did some research into companies similar to bespoke airsoft and felt like I wasn’t doing anything I should feel guilty about. As long as I knew everything was safe, that put my mind at ease.
I had gone to the store and picked up some gun toys for him, I’d even researched the best air rifles in case he was still interested in guns when he was older, and I basically just gave up and got him what he wanted.
Oh did I ever give up!
And now I ask… How about you? What has made you throw up your hands and “give up”? Before I was a parent, I was the BEST parent. How were you a better parent before you became one?
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