A woman in her late 20s has learned a truth about her mother from years ago that she finds disturbing — and shared that she is “genuinely shocked” about her mother’s hunting past.
She even chose to challenge her mother about it today.
Sharing the story on social media, the woman, who said she is 27, wrote on Reddit that her mother “used to be a film and TV actress mainly in the 1970s and 1980s.”
The woman on Reddit continued, “I really liked her in that movie and I also like … digging into her past and finding out new stuff about her, like articles and interviews.”
She said her mother “wasn’t really famous as an actress, but she did have some significant roles and I like learning more in my spare time.”
“In the article … it said she loves hunting foxes with her dad.”
Added the woman, “It was accompanied by two photos of her — one of her in a forest with a hunting rifle, presumably tracking a fox, and the other was a photo of her with a full smile with the rifle in her hands.”
A hunter with a rifle is shown standing on a gravel road and holding a dog on a leash. A young woman wrote on Reddit about learning her mother enjoyed hunting as a teen, “I was genuinely just shocked. She’s never told me about this and I could have never expected it.” (iStock)
Wrote the young woman further, “This really caught off me [in] left field and I was genuinely just shocked. She’s never told me about this and I could have never expected it.”
“Am I in the wrong for being upset about this?”
The woman continued, “I responded, saying, ‘I doubt many kids in the 1960s were hunting foxes.’”
Added the woman, “She gave a quick goodbye and hung up.”
The woman then asked others, “Am I in the wrong for being upset about this?”
“Perhaps there is a sensitive reason that she never shared this with you.”
A father of four in New York who has hunted before said of the drama, “There’s a big difference between domestic animals and animals that are hunted throughout this country. Hunters respect the animals, even the ones they kill — they show respect for them. Wild animals can be a food source.”
He also said, “Why is the woman judging her mother this way?”
Plenty of people on Reddit — more than 2,000 — reacted to the post and some 1,400 people shared comments about it.
Yet another individual shared these thoughts: “I hate to be the one to break this to you, but your mom was an actress. Actors read from a script. The words they say and the actions they take on screen are not their personalities.”
This individual went on, “If your mom hunted in her past and never mentioned it, it’s likely because she moved on from that part of her past and it simply is not important to her. I actually feel bad for your poor mother who raised a child incapable of distinguishing between reality and make-believe.”
Another commenter was far blunter.
“I hunt foxes and I’m not apologetic about it. You can yell at me all you want and I still won’t be apologetic. The only thing you’ll accomplish is making me dislike you further.”
Said still another, “I do not like hunting but I do NOT think [people] should be apologetic because [they] do.”
A different commenter shared this perspective: “Hunting isn’t your thing, which is your prerogative, but it was an activity that your mom had with her father. You are transferring yours and maybe today’s beliefs to something in the past — in this case the 1960s. Different time frames, different thought processes and different activities that you’re judging.”
Said the same person, “Your mom has every right to look back at it fondly. Stop being all high and mighty with your perspective. It’s going to be different than your mom’s.”