Monday, November 4, 2013

Lending a hand to a friend.......




I recall a time, seemingly in a past life, when one of the kids needed medicine and the bank account was dry.  It was a non-choice.... and off I went to the pawn shop with a treasured rifle.  On the way home, the pharmacy and the medicine.

No, I never recovered that Marlin 1895.  I did make it back, no more than a day after the pawn ended, but the shop owner smiled as he made it clear the rifle was now in his personal cabinet, and not likely to leave there soon.

That scene was repeated numerous times over the years, with firearms being sold off in times of need.   Almost all regretted, but necessary at the time.

Fast forward to nowadays, where I am making ends meet and don't have to sell my toys just to buy food.  *I* don't...... but sometimes others do.

Others....... like my friend and neighbor.

I knew it was tight for him, and that became clearer when he offered to sell me one of his rifles.  I said yes right away, especially as he was offering at his cost and I knew the deal he had gotten.  I was there when he bought it, and helped him sight it in and get it hunt-ready.

An evenings thought by the fire pit, with a glass of decent Bourbon and cigar as company, had me mentally replaying all those times in my life when I had to sell off guns I would have rather kept.  It lead me to a decision, and to make my buddy an offer...

"Here's the deal my friend.  If you need money, I will buy what guns you wish to sell me.  It will be at a fair price, for cash, and I will get a decent bargain.  There is a catch.  If I ever need to sell one, you will get first crack.... at the same price I paid you.  If you are ever flush and want them back, you may buy them back any time at that same price.  I'm giving you the deal I wish I'd had so many times over the years." 

We shook hands on it.



 


9 comments:

Bob said...

That is kindly done. I hope your friend appreciates it.

Rev. Paul said...

What Bob said. It's a decent thing to do, and we all wish we'd had a friend like that, at similar times.

Well done.

James Clark said...

Not sure about anyone else but I have been there. Thanks for coming back CARTEACH0!!

JohninMd.(too late?!??) said...

I merely echo the above com enters, esp.James Clark. It's good to have you back on the blog, Brother.

lee n. field said...

bless you, sir.

drjim said...

You, sir, are a true gentleman, and a fine friend to have.

May God bless you for helping your friend without seeking to profit from his misfortune.

Earl said...

That doesn't need to be said, but a gentleman wouldn't treat friends, neighbors nor rifles any other way. There are a few of them left, thanks for being one.

Y. said...


I did make it back, no more than a day after the pawn ended, but the shop owner smiled as he made it clear the rifle was now in his personal cabinet, and not likely to leave there soon.


In Bohemia and Moravia, such a pawnshop broker would be publicly denounced as an asshole, I believe.

Different countries, different people.

Ken O said...

I admire you sir. During the hardships of the past five years, many of my treasures have gone the same way. From my first gun with my initials engraved in the trigger guard to much of my fishing gear, it left never to return. I'll never forget the guns, pawned with little hope of recovery, when my wife's paycheck from MWR bounced, and my step daughter was visiting for the first time. I never got the guns back, and the government never made good on that paycheck, but a year later I got my first "I love you" from that little girl, my little girl now, and found the actual balance of accounts was in my favor after all.