Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Robert Treece
The time frame around these two biggest holidays causes thoughts as the new year arrives—taxes, age, health and the big ones: FAMILY (being the cake) and FRIENDS (the icing).
I was an only child until almost a teenager with a strict dad (finish carpenter) and loving mom (yes, a homemaker). We had food to eat and clean clothes to wear. Chores were assigned from an early age; edge-of-town country boy stuff—garden weeding, hand- pumping wash water (laundry), wood for heat, and yeah some inside stuff too. Learned really early to never say I was bored; either parent could always solve that problem quickly. School work was also checked!
When little sis arrived, I was handed the diaper bag to carry—“Is everything in there boy?” She gave me another responsibility as I grew up.
After high school was completed, I left for more schooling in Missouri. I became a lot more independent, but sure missed the home cooking. A medical situation at home cost my draft deferment and guess what, I won the draft lottery! During my “walkabout” in Vietnam; sure thought of family and friends that wrote and sent prayers.
I’m on this earth because of my parents—they’ve loved, counseled and supported me to be who I am. With all that’s happening in this world; makes me think I’m one of the luckiest guys—having the family and friends I have.
My wish is for peace around the world—stay safe and good shooting!