Better Than Ballet

Our daughter really likes ballet. She is one of the younger girls in her class, but is learning quickly. She is constantly walking around the house doing ballet moves and poses. She will even do them in public when she gets bored. She has been taking lessons on Saturday mornings and looks forward to it every week.

For some reason there were no ballet classes today, so I decided we would do something different. Becky and I bought a BB/pellet gun for the kids for CHRISTmas and I thought today was a good day for them to learn how to shoot it. I want to teach the kids gun safety and how to shoot and starting at an early age is a good way to make sure it sticks. I look forward to taking them to the range with me when they get older.

We got the BB gun out and I went over the four rules of gun safety. I added an additional rule that I said was rule #1, the gun is not a toy. After I had the kids repeat the rules back to me, we took an old phone book and placed it up against our back yard fence. I set up three coke cans in front of the phone book and we each took a few shots at about five yards. I think our son did a little better than our daughter did, although I am proud of both of them. The thing that I really liked hearing was what our daughter said after we were done shooting. “Daddy, that was more fun than ballet.”

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  1. Outstanding Keith! Now go by the trophy store and have a ten dollar marksmanship trophy made up. Make it the Walker Family Shooting Trophy. Make certain each child gets to win it, but it must go up for grabs again each weekend. During the week, they get to display it in their room.

  2. That is a GREAT idea! I’ll be sure post a picture of it here once we get it made. Thanks for the idea.

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