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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nostalgia # 15 - Bang Flashback

In this post, you will what kind of gift I gave to my husband during our anniversary. He's been wanting one for security purposes and his desire ignited when someone stole one of my FIL's collection at his house. It's a little expensive but it makes my husband happy so I gave in and bought one.
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We went to my brother-in-law's residence out in New Cumberland last weekend so we could fire test the hand gun. He lived in a country side so there's plenty of place there to shoot. I was suppose to try it too but the moment I heard the bang, a flashback came into me.

My father owned a rifle before and he uses it for hunting wild animals where we lived then in Ligao Albay. One day, him and his friends used it to shoot a chicken for their "pulutan" as they drink gin. I was 8 or 9 years old that time. My Mom was cooking some "maruya" and my brother and I were pounding the rice to make some flour for the maruya. My brother saw the rifle in our "balkonahe" and he thought that it was empty. He pulled the trigger and "bang". A little bit later my younger sister Roselda cried in pain and we thought that she was bit by ants or something. When I looked in her face, the blood were pouring. The bullet went into her head and I screamed and cried. I felt so bad for my brother because my father who was already drunk then kicked him where in fact it was his fault for leaving the rifle unattended and loaded.

The doctor was fascinated that my sister did not die, he said it was a miracle because the bullet made a way to my sister's brain. She was operated and the scar is still visible on her head till this day. My sister however lost her hearing on her left ear and she barely can hear on the right. But we were thankful that she made it. She is now married with three kids but yeah she bears the painful consequence of that tragic incident. It was a frightening moment that I will never forget. I've seen the actual scene when my husband fired and that hindered me from trying to fire it.

Here are some of the photos I took. The kids wore the hearing protection that my SIL lent to us.


My SIL Jill is a dog groomer and they have four fur babies. We had a chance to pet them except for one who wanted to attack all the time lol. Below is the few snapshots of their home. They have a swimming pool and a pool house with pool table and other games.


Hubby fired ten rounds but I only found 7 casing. I dunno where the other 3 casing went. Don't worry folks, the pistol is keep in a safe place so there's no way our kids will find it.

20 travelers' comments:

xinex said...

OMG, Rose, that's terrible. I am glad your sister made it but it must have hurt a lot. Great shots of your kids with ear plugs. Nice property your BIL has.....Christine

lina@women's perspectives said...

It's really a scary story. So glad to know that your sister can survive. I'm afraid of guns!

Joops said...

Don't worry hon, this will be a perfect opportunity to overcome your fear. Mwah!

Vernz said...

having ammo is a responsibility talaga ... ang lakas mg fighting spirit ng sister mu kinaya niya...

knock on wood sana di mapaglaruan ng mga kiddos yung gun... mine is up Rose.

Dhemz said...

ayay! ang gara naman nang anniversary gift ni wifey....can't afford ako nyan sis...bullet palang d na kaya sa aking bulsa...ehehehe!

awwwwww...how tragic naman yung nangyari sa sister mo badingding...God is good talaga...

si papa din may 2 baril...yung isa 45..ewan ko kung ano yung isa...hehehe...kakatakot talaga tong baril...my gosh!

nice nang place ni BIL mo sis....:)

Clarissa said...

Scary!Gosh,di ko alam kung makakaya ko pag ako ang nasa kalagayan ng sissy mo--must be a terrible experience for her..Glad to hear that she survived.

Jenn said...

That is one scary story. I remember in high school, one of the school's security guards fired his gun on the ground, and just the sound made my heart pound. I am sure if I had to experience what you experienced, I would be terrified, too. But I am happy that your sister has lived a good life despite what happened.

Arlene said...

Hi Rose, at last i can comment. Earlier i wanted to comment but i just cant because the slow connection.

That experience with your sister was traumatic for all of you. Good thing i understand you feel so scared hearing a big bang.

Glad your sister experienced a miracle.

Mine is now up!

Lynn said...

my bro and my father is into practical shooting for years na pero ni minsan, di ko pa talaga na try magpa putok sa fun shot nila. takot ako! (",)

Rossel said...

that was very tragic especially for your sister. rhonnel lost his right eye when he was six because of an irresponsible gun owner.

di ako nakasali last week tokaya and i am sorry for that.

nuts said...

i'll share later tonight or maybe tomorrow.. silip lang with your update. ganon din late father ko, di pwede wala gamit.. dapat talaga, kelangan always assume the pistol na may laman lagi and be a responsible gun owner. nice place,me swimming pool at dami activities na pwede gawin.

Yami said...

Takot ako sa gun sis ewan ko ba...done with my post too.

Chris said...

its a basset hound!!! oh.. i miss our dog :(

Lulu said...

takot din ako sa gun! but i like watching war movies wahahaha


cute ng mga pose ni rye...

David said...

your sister has a very tragic experience

*♥Shydub♥* said...

Kinalabutan ako sa story at nangyari ng sister mo bading. Kawawa naman ano kasi hanggang nagyon daladala pa niyaang madugongexperience na yon. anyway, bait mo naman giving your hubby a pistol as gift to his heart content

Mel Alarilla said...

That was indeed a very traumatic experience for your whole family especially for your sister who almost died because of that incident. Your father and brother were both at fault but more so with your father who left that rifle where your brother can get it. And your brother was also at fault for pointing the gun at your sister and pulling the trigger. But of course you brother was young then and very naive. John is so used in handling guns since he was retired from the US Navy. Your kids seemed to have enjoyed all of your target shooting experiences. Thanks for the nostalgic post. God bless you all always.

Mel Cole of PA, USA said...

Hi Rose, sorry for my late post. Not feeling well these days. Kawawa naman yung younger sister mo nuon. Sus, thank heavens na dumalas lang ang bullet in her head. Her guardian angel saved her. Still it was traumatic. Naiyak ako tuloy. My father played with guns before too. I even saw him shoot our three puppy dogs with his shot gun before. He killed them because the dogs were just dogs that we adopted from the street thrown by our neighbors near our house. He suspected the puppies who killed his chickens. Months after that, we found the real killer. It was a Hawo, a big lizard that eats chickens and chicks. I better stop my nostalgia na. I'm terrified. Na-nostalgic ako sa post mo.

Cecile said...

that is the reason why I don't want my husband to buy a gun...you never know what might happen next...

glad to hear your sister survived that incident....so tragic!

Cacai M. said...

hello manang Rose.. ang cute nmn nang dalawang bata.. At 'yong sa other bullet, baka kinuha ko iyon. hahaha!

By the way, haven't made this meme na, will make up soon! Just dropping-by. muahhh!

Ito pala links ko, (exchange tayo sa lahat nang bloggies mo?) :
Cacai M.'s Place
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Cacai's Steps and Journey

Regards...

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