Remember the story of William Tell? The one where Tell shoots the apple off his son's head. As the story goes, Tell was regarded as one of the finest marksmen in all of Switzerland, and as one of its more defiant citizens. Upon refusing to pledge fealty to a local governor, he is commanded to face death along with his son. His only possible escape is to use his crossbow to knock an apple from his son's head from some distance away. The legend grows when he succeeds in splitting the apple, yet the governor notes that when Tell prepared his crossbow, he removed two arrows from his quiver. The governor inquires as to the purpose of the second arrow, to which Tell replies that if he had inadvertently killed his son, the second arrow was to find a home in the Governor! At which point in time, Tell is again arrested for his hubris. (He eventually escapes again, but that is another story.)
The story became so famous that they even had to write the William Tell Overture and then make it the theme music to The Lone Ranger. Not sure how they came up with that. Perhaps the arrow-motif.
Elizabeth has always wanted her own bow and to learn to shoot. Never really a hunter, but mostly for fun. Then her sister wanted to give it a try as well. We went to visit a bow clinic offered by a former Olympic competitor, where they shoot at targets about 3 feet in diameter from a distance almost a football field away....and they actually still find the bullseye. Take that William Tell. Think we learned that Liz shoots left handed, oh, and we also learned that you NEVER were supposed go retrieve your arrows while someone else was still shooting! Like duh!
We finally acquiesced and Liz and her sister went and got some bows from Dick's Sporting goods. Think they nearly hit their foot when aiming at the target the first time. But they've been at it a week or so now, developing expertise. Yeah experts now.
Liz comes home one day from her summer job at the Park last week, raving about the great day. All the fun they had in "primitive skills" camp where she'd been assigned as a counselor Hey what do you know, they teach kids to shoot arrows in this camp. Liz does. And what was so fun, Dad inquires? I was told they were trying to catch arrows that they were shooting at each other. Not the kids, the counselors. Primitive indeed.
"Yeah," she goes on, "I was shooting at one of the other counselor who was trying to catch the arrow as it passed by. The first one she missed because I didn't come close enough to her...so she told me to aim closer."
Are you getting this picture? Apparently this whole "arrow catching" thing was an episode of Myth Busters, who succeeded in debunking some awesome catching skills demonstrated by David Carradine in an episode of Kung Fu. I guess I missed that episode...hmmmmm, both the Myth Busters and Kung Fu episodes.
So I'm thinking this is crazy. Smart people do not pretend to be William Tell and shoot arrows at or in close proximity to their friends. Liz's friend had to duck out of the way of the second shot. Missed again, rats! I began to have visions of Christmas Story and Ralphie, "you'll shoot your eye out."
Later that week, Liz's mom was explaining the story to some 13 year olds. They were also amazed. One asked Diane, "Do they go to college?" Yup, they actually do.