One of my earliest and most vivid memories was when I pretended to be Gabby Hayes.
When the western I was watching on the tv was over, I ran around the house looking for a stagecoach, so I could get away from the bad guys just like Gabby did in the movie.
I found the stagecoach upstairs, in the walk-in closet of my parents' bedroom; only I had to climb up to the top shelf to get there. Get there, I did; but I knocked a few boxes to the floor while climbing up.
Hiding in the far corner of the top shelf, I found my father's gun. I picked it up, and held it with both hands, while dangling my feet over the edge of the shelf.
The bad guys didn't have a chance now!
Just then, my mother stepped into the walk-in closet.
I pointed the gun at her and said, "I shoot you."
I never saw that gun again the entire time my father was on the New York City Police Force.