I was very small when I first heard of it…
The neighbor’s kid told me about it while we were alone in the fields behind our homes. I was all ears and slightly embarrassed. I swore to keep it to myself. On the way home, I remember feeling something had changed in me, as if I was somehow taller and stronger. I felt my older brothers couldn’t tease me anymore as I knew something they didn’t and my dad would now let me carry his hunting rifle as I knew what he knew.
My smugness was temporary but my transformation that day was permanent.