A year ago my little family and I made our first trip to Maine. My young son who has had a fascination with bows and arrows for the last three years couldn't help being in awe as we were visiting the L.L Bean headquarters in Freeport Maine. There, they have the nicest bow and arrow shooting range, the only problem is you have to be 12 years old. At the time little "O" was exactly 11 and a half years old. 6 whole months shy of being able to test a real bow and arrow.
When young son heard we would be visiting Maine again this year, my child with the memory of an elephant would not stop talking about testing a bow and arrow.
Finally his dream came true and a wonderful man who saw the glimmer in my child's eye took the time to let him experience a real bow and arrow.
First, we must figure out which eye is dominant.
How one scopes out the target.
Proper bow and arrow holding.
Pulling back the bow with a gentle release.
Yes my little "O" is a real marksman. The joy on his face and the reality that a "real" bow is as wonderful as he thought it would be. He has since joined the archery team at school and continues to make his own bows and arrows. It is so fun to see a childhood passion blossom into something bigger. So here's to my little robin hood boy who dreamt and waited so long to have a go at a real bow and arrow.