My daughter asked me to bring her archery bow when we went to visit. Also the bow of a friend. So I packed them up and took them to the oversized baggage area at the airport. It was the reaction of the security guard that told me there was something different about the bows I was carrying. His eyes stood out on stoppers, he couldn't believe what I was giving to him. "Do you have any arrows?" No, just the bows, was my reply. He took them as though they would bite him, but eventually booked them in. I couldn't understand all the fuss, then I realised that the bow belonging to my daughters friend was a hunting bow, probably for shooting wild pig and boar.
So when I collected it off the carousel in Canberra I slung it over my shoulder and took note of the reaction of passers by. All the men looked at me as though I was driving a high powered sports car.
All those eyes were saying, Wow! I have been invisible for so many years it was quite a buzz for me to realise that people were looking at me again and actually seeing me, even if I do now have grey hair.
I had to see that bow in action and got Matthew (my daughters friend) to give me a demo. It really is a weapon. Well Robin Hood fought the Sherrif with his bow and arrow!