Beep! Beep!

p1060888by cheri sabraw

For twenty years I have told the story about what a sharp-shooter my father Hugh was.

Why, as the family lore and legend go, while in the military at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, in 1954–when I was just a little squirt, following him around like a  obsequious duckling–he shot and killed  a road runner which was traveling over 20 mph.

The Army awarded him a plaque and certificate documenting his feat.

So you can imagine my delight the other day when one ran into my eyesight and stopped to evaluate his options.

I was in my robe; the weather was cold; I grabbed my camera and handed it to my husband, who is an excellent shot himself. ( I mean he took an excellent shot…)


Beep! Beep!

As he, the roadrunner followed by a man with a camera, proceeded along his way, what should be lurking down the way, but Wile E. Coyote, licking his chops.


p1060895The Road Runner always wins against Wile E. Coyote but just to be safe, he headed south, toward the dry creek.

I was tickled, not only by the splendid pictures, but also in the calling up of a memory that reminded me of what a grand person my father Hugh was.

But then.

I remembered.

I had been telling the wrong version of the story and had been corrected my brother Steve.

“Dad did not shoot a road runner. He shot a jack rabbit, Cheri.”



About Cheri

Writer, artist, cable television host, grandmother to four!
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6 Responses to Beep! Beep!

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never noticed that color next to the road runner’s eye. Have I not been observant, or might that be the kind of color change that takes place when the boys are getting spiffed up for mating season? They’re such appealing birds. As soon as I saw the “BeepBeep” in your title, I knew I was in for a road runner treat.

    The jack rabbit’s quite handsome. It’s possible that even I could hit that one with a shot — although I wouldn’t want to. I’ll stick with tin cans instead. The bunny’s too charming for harming.

    • Cheri says:

      I had never seen that little splash of color on a road runner’s face but to be honest, they are always moving so fast here on the desert barranca, that I can barely get a photograph. The jackrabbit on our small piece of the desert stays put. The best photos are when the real bunnies approach.

  2. Wile E. Coyote didn’t look too interested I was glad to note. I’m also glad Hughie didn’t shoot a road runner.

    • Cheri says:

      Wile E. Coyote was more interested in the small dogs that live by the golf course. I am amazed by the hysteria that residents whip up when they see these coyotes loping down the fairways…As you know, on our Rancho, we have coyotes.

  3. wkkortas says:

    Obviously, neither the gun nor the ammunition used to take down the jack rabbit came from the good folks at Acme.

  4. Cheri says:

    Ha!! Good one, wk…got some more photos this morning. I may post them but they are not, obviously, newsworthy.

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