CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I love my readers, even when they don't believe what I've written.
This morning when I got to the office, I got a voice mail message that, in essence, accused me of being a dupe or a liar.
The call centered on last Sunday's feature article about Taylor Fisher, a 7-year-old girl from the St. Albans area who had killed her first deer.
What set Taylor's accomplishment apart from other really young kids' first kills is that she used a bow and arrow. The gentleman who left the voice mail didn't believe the story.
"Why would you go and put something like that in the paper?" he asked. "Did you actually see her shoot that bow? No, you took someone's word that she had done it. Well, I'll tell you right now that no 7-year-old girl is strong enough to draw and hold a big old compound bow."
The fellow went on to say that most stories that involve young children killing big-game animals are just that - stories. He said they're fabricated to cover up for the kids' adult companions who, he alleged, "... shoot the animals and check them in on the kids' tags."
He went on for a bit about how stories like the one I wrote about Taylor took up space that could otherwise be dedicated to "legitimate" stories. Predictably, he signed off without leaving his name.
Well, there's no law against being cynical, and the gentleman is entitled to hold any opinion he chooses.
The truth is, I did see Taylor kill that deer. I wasn't there in person, but I watched the videotape her father took of the shot. The video clearly showed the little pink-fletched arrow fly off Taylor's bow and bury behind the doe's left shoulder.