Thursday, November 15, 2007

OPENING DAY


The kids had the day off school today, so I took the day off from work to be with them. The schools here are always closed on November 15th for opening day of deer hunting season....Being a girl from the "big city" I was shocked to learn about this tradition when we moved here 6 years ago. I was shocked even more to learn that even chicks hunt here....Our receptionist took the day off to hunt with her boyfriend today! I of course give anyone that is going out hunting my famous hex sign (either in front of their face or behind their backs depending how well I know them) hoping that they will come back empty handed.

Jeff isn't a hunter (and that's a good thing because I don't think we would have married if he was!), but he did manage to get a deer the other night with his car. The other day he said that 3 more deer ran out in front of his car and he nearly missed a cow in the road last week. We used to be late for work because of traffic jams, construction and accidents....Now, we're late because of the Amish, farm equipment and cows.....AND I wouldn't want it any other way!

My wish tonight is that all the deer find a safe place to hang out until this season comes to an end. If you see some crazy lady on the road giving a hex sign to cars parked near the woods....That will be me! =)

9 Comments:

Blogger Jeter Mama said...

I HAVE to tell D that your schools are closed on opening day of hunting season - that is freakin' hilarious!!! He is away for a week up north on his annual hunting trip.
I must tell you, Jacob is a BIG time hunter just like his Daddy. He killed his first two deer this year - both at the same time - one right after the other, and he was about the length of a football field away. (of course D was in the tree stand with him)
Although he has been hunting with D for several years now, this was his first year with his own gun, and his own shot.
Though I hate hunting, the pride my son had was something else to see. He was soooo proud of himself. And D???? He called EVERYONE he knows to brag about Jacob.
I just think it is such a great bonding activity that they share.
And now my freezer is stocked up by my son! (and NO, I don't eat deer meat, but everyone else does).
Never thought I would marry a hunter, let alone have a hunter son, but by golly, by gosh, I reckon I do!
(did that sound country enough?)
YEEHAW!

8:17 PM  
Blogger J said...

Where in the world do you find your photos?? That is too funny. Hubs owns a few guns and has hunted in the past but not lately which way ok by me. I really doubt Bryce will be a hunter. He just loves animals. I couldn't be happier.

10:51 PM  
Blogger OziMum said...

hehehe!!! The kids were watching "Open Season" yesterday- so "hunting" is fresh in my memory!!! We don't do the hunting thing here... although in rural areas people go shooting for foxes, rabbit and yes... kangaroos! Roos are a menace in the country - eating all the crops, and feed. I'm not into hunting, but understand why farmers do it. I certainly don't condone it as a sport. (I'll hop off my soapbox now!)

5:26 AM  
Blogger Ava's family said...

J-
Google images....It's amazing what you can find there! =)

9:25 AM  
Blogger Doris & Dan said...

What a odd reason for holiday. Hunting has never been my bag but those who do, love it.

Now, if you saw an amish person riding a cow while a deer followed, that would be a site to see!

Keep smilin!

10:16 AM  
Blogger RoLo said...

Your not alone, we are shocked by the love of hunting. I struggle with the hunting talk that takes place at work although most of my co-workers now know not to talk about it around me.

6:31 PM  
Blogger char said...

Hi, I saw your profile pic on my friend Dawn's blog and had to find you and tell you I LOVE IT!!! I so need to steal that idea!! Your family looks beautiful, and full of joy!! God bless you now and always!!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Truly Blessed said...

You live THAT far up north? Geez, I thought you were only 30 or so miles north of us -- we certainly didn't get "opening day" off of school!

I have to disagree with you about the deer population. It NEEDS to be controlled (car/deer accidents are a huge cause of HUMAN death in our county -- yeah, deer death too).

Funny story: last spring my DH was on his way to work up north (Reed City) when he hit a deer. He called me to come and bring him a car, as his car was undrivable while he waited for the tow truck. My mom and I hurried to his rescue (in two cars, of course) when I heard on the radio that there was a fire on the side of the freeway, due to a car/deer hit. Of course, my DH's sporty car caught on fire (why wouldn't it?). Anyway, when we got to him, he told me about the two people who stopped to help him.

One was a trucker. DH flagged him down to see if he had a fire extinguisher in the truck. He did. The guy stood there, looking at the fire and said, "You want me to put it out, or do you want to just let it burn?" How he said that with a straight face is beyond me. DH said "yeah, we'd better put it out."

THEN a woman driving a mini van pulled up, asked if DH needed a cell phone, then asked him if he was going to take the deer carcass home. Dressed for work in dress clothes & a tie, he said, "no" and the woman asked if she could have it. "Yes," he said. So this woman proceeded to pick up the deer and put it in the back of her mini-van ALL BY HERSELF! I asked why DH didn't help her and I got a condescending look before he said, "I wasn't going to touch that thing."

Memories. Fun things.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Hear! Hear! You grab a sign and I'll practice my "airline stewardess" arm motions and we'll direct them all to safety! =)

5:37 PM  

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