Men Trick Child into “Snipe Hunting”

Child goes “snipe hunting” with a grocery bag.

| March/April 2012

Now, as an adult, I can certainly appreciate a prank that was played on me many years ago by my hardworking father and uncle.

My dad labored every day in the heating and air-conditioning business, and my Uncle Denny was a plumber. Thus, I understand their desire to simply relax in a backyard lawn chair at the end of the day.

Opportunity strikes

And so it went one hot summer evening in the tiny town of Stoutsville, Ohio. My dad had just plopped his exhausted body down in a lawn chair when Uncle Denny happened to stop by – and do the same. The last thing these men wanted to do was entertain me, a rambunctious 9-year-old boy with lots of energy to burn.

So Uncle Denny came up with a perfectly harmless way to get me out of their hair. And, of course, my dad played along with the ploy.

Child takes the bait

“Hey, John, have you ever been snipe hunting?” Uncle Denny asked.

With big doe eyes, I cautiously asked, “Snipe hunting?”

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