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The Night my Grandpa shot my Dad

Updated on May 30, 2012

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It was a deafening night


It was a half-moon night and it was terrifying.

Grandpa stood outside the farm house, suspenders over his shoulders waiting so impatiently for us as we pulled up in out 1968 yellow 396 Chevrolet Caprice.

He had a wide build and a stern face but he was not as tall as his sons, and I could see his frown before he said anything. He removed his hat and squints at us girls as we pile out of the car. As he stomps away from us Dad gets out and walks right past him into the farmhouse.

We all look at Dad and then at Grandpa and realize the discontentment between them will never change. Us girls didn’t care we really did not like grandpa.

‘Why can’t we just be happy and have a normal weekend?’ I wondered this every time we came to visit.

No one spoke as Grandma was making biscuits on the old wood stove. The floors in the old farm house were too squeaky and scratched. I guess we were lucky they were not dirt floors. The walls had cracks in them and the cold would come straight through the house in the winter. I always got a cold when I visited.

Grandma was the reason we visited, it wasn’t because of Grandpa.

The food on the table looked so inviting fried chicken and mash potatoes and gravy and greens beans fried okra. I was hoping we would be able to eat this time hoping the arguing would not start up like last time.

As we sat down at the table to eat the tension was thick.

Dad was already sitting down when Grandpa came into the room.

“What do you got to say for yourself?” He asked my daddy.

“Nothing, we came here to visit Mom, nothing to do with you!” Dad stated without even looking up!

‘Oh good grief, not again, Please, Lord Help us!’ I thought to myself.

Grandpa came out of his chair with a gun in his hand, he grabbed my sister Anne and had the gun lodged against her head. Dad came out of his chair and knocked the table over with the food and Grandma flew onto the floor with the rest of us.

“You let Anne go! “Dad yelled.

Grandma was screaming “Stop! Both of you stop.”

All three of us girls were crying and Anne was terrified. She was white as a ghost.

“I am sick of all of you and especially sick of my no good son.” As he said that he lifted the gun straight at Dad and shot him and Dad fell on the floor with blood going everywhere.

Grandpa threw Anne on the floor and he grabbed his keys to the old pickup truck and he was gone.

Getting Dad to the hospital was not easy; we picked him up bleeding everywhere and put him in the back seat. As I was the oldest (fourteen) and we didn’t have phones back then I drove as fast as I could to the hospital.

My father lived and we never saw Grandpa ever again. He had to have been the meanest man I ever knew. We never knew why Grandpa hated my dad like he did. But I have to be honest we did not miss him at all.

My Dad is the best dad ever. I thank God every day for Dad and that he is still alive.

By: Debbie Brooks

(Most of this hub is fictional, some of it is true. Can you tell me the part that is true?)

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    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow! What a stunner!

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      Simon Seamount 5 years ago

      Everything is completely believable, except the part about no one knowing why grampa hated his son.

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      Sharon Christy 5 years ago from India

      Captured and piqued my undivided attention till the last. Awesome writer with great skill, a very terrifying story! I think the true part is the tension between the dad and the grandpa! I wish that it had not come to shooting! Great story! Voted up and awesome!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Enjoyed reading this not the part about your Dad being shot. I think the whole thing is true. Voted up.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      will

      simone

      sharon

      Moonlake

      two true parts.. are I WILL TELL YOU LATER.. lol

      debbie

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Debbie, short crisp and beautiful. I am trying to write a fictional memoir and I think I have much to learn from author's like you. Voted up and thanks for SHARING.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I was captured by the title and I have to read it. I thought the terrifying incident is all the way real until you mentioned that most of the hub is fictional. I could imagine the characters and scenes happening in the red farm house picture. I was really glued on up to the end of the story.

      For the true parts, I have to pick the least important from the story. I think that there is too many "believable" parts if I put my focus on the major scene- grandpa and dad conflict, grandma, grandpa and dad, grandpa and Anne, grandpa shooting dad, up to when you (at age 14) drove your dad to the hospital. The latter seem true; I kind of believe that you were able to drive at age 14 in the countryside. Usually country kids learn to drive early. But then, it will be a third guess for me. *Sigh*

      My guesses for the two true parts are:

      1) 1968 yellow 396 Chevrolet Caprice (this seemed detailed enough vehicle description)

      2) The food on the table...fried chicken and mash potatoes and gravy and greens beans fried okra. (Okra is not a common viand during meal time and I have not heard before of fried okra.)

      The story is well written. Bravo, Debbie!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your title caught my attention! Well, I don't know what is true here but it is a very well written story filled with suspense. I am hoping it is mostly fiction and the only true part is what is good -- family. Voted up!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      I think the part where your grandfather shot your dad is not true. No father will shoot his own son. You had my attention from beginning to end. Voted up.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Wow, that title really captured me and I couldn't stop reading. It's so well written. I can't say what's true and what's fiction. I really hope it isn't all true. Voted up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      sen.sush23

      coffee

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      vellur

      made

      the car is true and my grandpa did shoot my dad.. and.....lol..

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      this was good my dear.. but the parts made up tell me if I'm wrong it won't hurt: Grand-pa holding a gun to Anne' head.. everyone hating grand-pa-- and then the actual title the night grandpa shot your dad.. my grand-father was a camera addict.. he shot us several times -- but you do entertain

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Wait!!! you live in Texas.. everyone there is gun-happy.. yeah all of this is true!!! LOL kidding

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank.. LOL yes everyone is gun happy in Texas.. at the time this happened I was living in North Carolina..and they are just as Crazy.. You are right holding the gun to Annie's head is not true.

      debbie

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      Lawrence Da-vid 5 years ago

      Deborah! outstanding article.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you Lawrence

      Debbie

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      KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

      Well, being from Texas, of course I have my own gun totting stories. There was a time my Uncle robbed and threatened my Grandmother. It caused her to have a heart attack.

      My Mother chased him out of the house and aimed a gun at him, but before she fired it, I shoved her hand up, and the bullet missed him as he drove away.

      I was 13 and told to stay in the car. I saved his sorry butt that night, but he has long since died of drug addiction. And now mom is a sweet old lady.

      Your story, with the actual shooting of a loved one, and blood everywhere, is much more traumatic. I'm glad your Dad was okay.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great story and I thought the true part that grandpa shot your pappa.

      Voted up and awesome, great lady Joyce.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Some story Debbie. Which ever part is not true it's great from start to heart stopping finish.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I'm hoping the part about your Grandpa shooting your Father is not true...But sadly there are Families like this. I'm thinking your Grandfather was mean and nasty to your Father, and that after awhile he did leave. Anyway Wow, what a Story!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Man, Who needs a Grandfather like that. I hope this is fiction..Poor Grandmother..

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Kt banks

      Joyce

      Gypsy

      b. marlin

      always exploring

      some of it is true.. the car and my grandpa did get shot my dad and My grandpa did leave never to return..

      Debbie

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      After looking at the picture of the old red barn and reading your story I had to let you know that this story would make a good horror movie.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Flashmarket you could be right..thank you...debbie

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow well I hope it isn't true he put a gun to his granddaughter. This would be horrible if any bit of it was true!

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      LailaK 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I believe the whole story except for the part that you drove the car. Was that really true? I like your unique sense of storytelling

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      This account is believable. The stressing words and that hatred from grandpa can be understood. People can get meaner as they age. Great story Debbie!

      LORD

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      Sonny Siano Ellar 4 years ago

      the story left me hanging and wanting. if I was holding the book itself, I will not stop. brilliant!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Jackie

      LailaK.. you are right I did not drive the car

      Lord.. grandpa was always a very mean person very unhappy person all his life

      Sonny

      Thank you all ..

      Blessings to you

      Debbie

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      Sonny Siano Ellar 4 years ago

      I will follow you closely Miss Brooks. I believe you are contemplating many things which will soon be served to your readers. I am new here and I surely am going to find many interesting stuff especially from you.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Brilliantly woven fiction Debbie! It is hard to tell what's true and what's not... will wait for you to tell!

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow, that was really scary. Brilliant storytelling. I am still shaken from the images. Powerful (knowing that it is based on the real events I am still decompressing here).

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      sonny

      rahul

      beyond max

      thank you all...

      my grandpa... did shoot my dad.. and the car is true.. but he did not hold a gun to her Anne head..i didn't.. drive the car

      debbie

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Wow, Debbie! That's pretty intense and must have been quite traumatic. You did a great job of painting the scene with your words. It does make you wonder what was going on in your grandfather's head to make him resent your father so much. Thank goodness he survived and no one else was hurt.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you poetic fool...blessings...debbie

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      KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Stark and stunning. I was really grabbed by every aspect of this starting at the title. Beautifully done Debbie!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you Krystal

      Blessings

      Debbie

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wow...Glad to hear that your Dad was okay....but I'm really sorry you missed another one of your Grandma's fried chicken and mash potatoes and gravy!....THAT was another tragedy all on its own!

      Voted up and interesting!

      Chris

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A great read, you grabbed our attention with the intriguing title, carry us along and never disappoint. Debbie you're an artiste.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      krr48

      cmerritt

      tobusiness

      thank you all and blessings to you

      Debbie

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Dear Debbie - I read this with my mouth hanging open! My heart ached through it all. Then I took a sign of relief when you asked the question "Can you tell me which part was true?" Right back to shock when I read that the part about your father being shot was true. I am terribly sorry for the crosses you have had to bear with this one. It's amazing the things we find out about each other. Such a strong, beautiful and amazing woman you are.

      But I gotta tell ya - This was ingenious the way you wrote this and asked the question at the end!

      And I have to agree with Merritt - it was a tragedy that you never got to eat that glorious food. Just saying...

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      IsadorasThought 4 years ago

      Oh, Debbie, I am not going to guess which parts of this are true but this story makes me think about facing one's demons. Facing the hatreds that we have toward others, and how we feel about those hatreds/negative emotions. I believe writing can help us cleanse ourselves from what's negative and move on. That's what rings true the most here. But I may be very off ;)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      siningirisheyes you are right we never got to eat that food on the floor and my grandma could cook..

      IsadorasThought writing does help with pain and cleansing us.. you are so right

      Blessings to you all

      Debbie

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Carries the reader until the end..with mouth wide open :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Deb, this was a very good written story. I would believe all of it. I was hoping that you really didn't have to experience this though.I was glued to it, word for word all the way through. Awesome work.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      unknown spy

      the lyric writer

      thank you both

      bkessings

      debbie

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Seriously, a great reflection of what had to be a truly terrifying ordeal... Sometimes I just do not like the way people react.. Think 1st shouldn't have to be so darn hard for so many people to do. Unfortunately, it is.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great story telling, hard to tell what is true and what is not. Grandpa didn't hold a gun to Annes head, you did not drive the care. Your grandpa was a mean old ***. But was the shooting an accident, while cleaning the gun? (sort of hoping) but then people who own guns are usually responsible.

      But you told this story well

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      rosemary thank you for reading .. no grandpa did shoot my dad on purpose.. he was a very mean man.

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      CriticalMessage thank you for reading..

      debbie

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, this totally gripped me, and I wasn't sure which bit was true or false, but reading your comments makes me believe it was true! how terrifying! and a great story!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you Nell. blessings to you

      debbie

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Debbie

      What a terrifying ordeal. Your grandpa was a very mean man.

      My heart was racing through the story. I breathed a sigh of relief when I read your Dad is still alive.

      I hope you are enjoying your weekend. :)

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Lawrence Da-vid 4 years ago

      Debbie! Your story whether every word was true or not, is representative of all too many families of the past.... Dealing with problems with a gun. I do know that your interaction with your grandfather left scars and memories. I could go on, but!. I just wanted to comment. Outstanding story.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Sue

      Lawrence

      thank you both.. Guns are awful.. the bad thing is the bad guys have them.. we are not safe.

      blessings to you both

      Debbie

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      Lawrence Da-vid 4 years ago

      Actually, "guns" are not awful.....they are an object to be used properly and for valid reasons. I have a collection of exotic's for display only, along with some that are viable for use. Proper reasoning, self control, prohibit ever using one as a threat. My use of firearms came during a conflict of our country. And I have 3 healed wounds to show for it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      well actually Lawrence we have a lot of guns.. I was brought up with guns and I think we need them to protect ourselves.. from the bad guys.. I agree.. but I have gotten very uneasy around guns in my older years. I guess with all the things that happen in the news etc. but I do respect guns.. My father and my husband taught me to fire guns.. and I have my own gun.. but they stayed locked up..and I respect you for your service to our country what you went through my father was army and was in Korea when i was a baby and Vietnam twice. it was hell for him. He will not talk about it.. I know he was hit in his hand.. and I don't know what else. but now guns do scare me.. I just don't want anyone in our family or friends or anyone to get shot again.... unfortunately it happens.. me being a mom and a grandmother I stayed worried about my family etc. Blessings to you my friend. debbie

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Wow Deborah. All of it sounded so authentic to me. I'm sorry you had to go through the trauma of seeing your dad shot. What can I say, we can't choose our relatives, can we? I think every family has a "mean one" in it somewhere.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Molly.. in our family there were quite a few mean ones.. lol

      Blessings

      Debbie

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      Ashish Joshi 4 years ago from India

      I was actually relieved to know it was a fiction...but I guess it's true that your GrandPa was a mean fellow (I'm sorry if it sounds offensive).

      But great work all in all. Nice to know you Ma'm.

      Looking forward to reading even more.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      ashish04joshi thank you he was a very mean man.. he did shoot my dad.. thanks for reading and commenting

      Debbie

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I found this hub on Google and with that title i just had to read this riveting tale. I know the answer no obviously but I figured the shooting was true. What a great short story!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Pamela..thank you..so glad you like it....debbie

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