A Girl and Her Stick

Charlie with a dead branch three times as long as she is.

This branch from a dead tree fell into the yard today, and Charlie was very very very excited, because there are very few things in the world she likes more than a really big stick. Sadly for her, it was a little too unwieldy for her to pick up and trot around with. I broke it into manageable pieces, tossed one over to her for her recreation, and took the rest to the fire pit in the back yard for future bonfires. Even so, for a brief shining moment, Charlie had the biggest stick ever. It was a good day.

— JS

11 Comments on “A Girl and Her Stick”

  1. bethovermyer – Beth Overmyer is the author of several works of genre fiction, the fantasy trilogy THE GOBLETS IMMORTAL being among them. Fueled by tea, loved by cats everywhere, she balances her home life with writing novels and leading a creative writing group at her local library.
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    Aw, what a good girl! Gotta love a giant stick <3

  2. Good dog! That’s awesome. I see that all the time on trails, dogs get this massive stick, it’s torquing their head hard just to drag it because they never find the balance point, and now it’s caught between two trees, hahaha.

  3. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    Is that a good stick, Charlie…?

  4. That was our miniature schnauzer’s favorite thing when he was a puppy, “Picking up sticks!” He always grabbed one 5 times his own length but to his credit he knew exactly where the stick pile was.

    Fortunately (or perhaps more like sadly) in the last half dozen years or so we’ve had to have a 100’ tall tulip poplar, two blue spruces and four silver maples felled. The maples were the primary stick generators. There are still two left along the back of our place that are coming down next year.

    There are mid-1960s neighborhoods like ours in which they planted all those fast-growing trees that have a 50-60 year lifespan all over Eastern America.

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