It's something of a tradition. For years now, my brother and I take our grandfather to breakfast on Sunday mornings. Often, our father and my son will come, too. It's kind of nice having 4 generations of family represented.
This past Sunday, my mother and grandmother joined us.
As we're walking out of the restaurant, my brother, in typical smart alec fashion, points at my hip and says, "You got a license for that?" "I don't need one for this," I replied.
By this time, we're on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Meanwhile, my mother hones in on the conversation. She looks down, sees what we're talking about, and says in complete amazement, "Oh my God - I didn't even know you had that!" "Don't feel bad. Most people don't notice," I smile.
Then - and here's the great part - she grabs my grandmother by the arm, turns her around to face me, points at my hip, and says loudly (so busha can hear) and still in complete wonderment, "Mom, look! He has a gun!"
I can instantly feel all the eyes of the patrons in the restaurant on us, as some woman is pointing at the MWAG outside...
It kind of makes me wonder if she's noticed all the times I've OC'd at her house...
So there it is. I submit for your approval: Mothers never stop embarrassing their children.
You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training.” Archilochus, 650 BC
Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.
She should feel honored that you care enough about the security of your family to do so.
Many others will rely on the local police to show up in time to stop a violent crime, but these people have probably never had an attack against them to see how long an emergency response can take.
If I gave the impression she was upset I was carrying, then I did a poor job telling my story and apologize.
Apart from my own embarrassment of having my mother "make a scene" - and a very small one at that - it was probably more of a positive OC encounter.
I got the sense from her comments that she had assumed that someone OCing would adopt a bloviated tough guy demeanor, would be defiant and arrogant, etc. Having realized that she had been in the presence of an openly armed person for the past hour without having any clue caught her off guard.
I took her wonderment and shock as more of a compliment that there's no discernable difference to a bystander about my demeanor while carrying.
I've had the same experience, several times, including with my lawyers.Originally Posted by NoTolerance
Despite being OC with a black holster & pistol, wearing a white shirt & tan shorts, they were surprised.
Originally Posted by MLK, JrOriginally Posted by MSG LaigaieOriginally Posted by Proverbs 27:12Originally Posted by Proverbs 31:17
Reminds me of my mom, except the "tough guy" part. Mom had no problem with OC. Her oldest brother used to OC back in the late 20's and early 30's before he died of TB. Every time she would notice my carry she would talk about that brother, how she inherited that old Iver Johnson 32 and had turned it in to the RCMP in 1934.
Last edited by hermannr; 06-13-2012 at 10:44 AM.
Not nearly as bad, as having her spit on a hanky, to wipe something off of your face.......
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That reminds me,... Iv'e got to go talk to my kids. Sometimes we have to laugh at ourselves,..... and our relatives.
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