When Granda married Nana way back when, his wedding gift to her was a Colt single-shot derringer in .22 Short, serial number 86XXX D.
The diplomacy facilitator isn’t Nana’s, by-the-by — it belongs to Your Humble Scribe and is being used for scaling purposes.
As I look at this tiny little pistol, I marvel at how things have changed. Granda ordered this pistol through the mail — by way of Sears and Roebuck maybe. He carried it and the case — shown above — to church and gave it to his bride. Nana carried it until after the reception, when she took it home.
These days, you can’t order this pistol through the mail. It’s against the law.
There are places in these United States where the groom would get arrested if he took this gun and case to church, or his bride would be arrested taking it home. Manhattan and Baltimore come to mind, but there are more and more places where this simple gift — this expression of love and devotion — would net someone a criminal conviction.
We are told this is progress.
We are told that arresting a bride for the mere possession of this gift in public is civilization.
We are told that denying a groom the ability to buy this simple gift for his bride through the mail is a insignificant price to pay for the safety of living in this Modern Age.
I look back at the time in which Granda and Nana got married and I contrast it with Now — and I have to wonder which time is actually civilized?
I think about the young groom who would become my grandfather getting this pistol by way of the postal service as a gift for his bride … and I have to wonder why Now — where this simple, logical act is a Federal crime — why is Now considered more progressive than Then?
A small token of love — from a more civilized time.