“Carry a big stick and you will go far” is what some guy named Roosevelt said a very long time ago. Actually, he said, “Speak softly”, but ask any of our neighbors, I never speak softly! It’s me who wakes everyone around us up early in the morning with my loud hunting calls on our walks. No matter, a big stick at sunrise makes for a great start to a girl’s day. I’m Bailie and I’m using some words from this guy today because that works best for me.
Big sticks are always a lot of fun to find, and when I find one, I love to tease Madison with it. She tries to get it away from me, but that never happens. When Madison saw I had this treasure, she came at me at the speed of sound.
I’m bigger, older, and have more stick experience on my side. She was up for a little game of chase, but I entertained no thoughts of losing my precious treasure.
Even with a hard turn, I clearly had the advantage because of my height. I feel sort of like a circus performer, flying through the air with the greatest of ease! Kids these days need to learn to respect their elders, and to work hard for what they want.
The two of us went back and forth for a while, but let’s face it. Carrying a big stick like this in one’s mouth is not always easy. Before I had the need to start panting, I stopped to catch my breath. I don’t know about the going far part of the quote, as a big stick is not easy to tote around.
Madison was starting to give up, but by stopping, the game has changed. Now I can tease her with the stick up close. She seems to think she will be able to hop on over and grab it from me – wrong!
Once and a while, I let her start to even get her mouth on my stick, but then move just enough to keep her from actually getting a hold of it.
If you have siblings, you know as well as I do, the game of keep away is only fun for so long. Eventually, I dropped my precious treasure, and pretended to have no more interest in it. Of course, Madison wanted to have it immediately.
She grabbed the stick and hit the road as fast as she could. I always let her think she won to make her feel good.
Now that she was feeling good about winning the stick, I started to hunt her down. I like to play chase, but she thinks I just want my stick back.
Look out little one! I’m right on your furry behind! I’m closing in on you!
In the end, I backed off to let her think she won the stick fair and square. See in her eyes how proud she is of herself? Finding a big stick to play around with on a walk is always fun. Mom doesn’t let us have big sticks in the yard, but I carried this one for quite a while, so we got to play with it. Shortly after this last photo, she took it away from us. We are not allowed to chew on sticks because they can be dangerous if ingested.
We are thankful for so many things including big sticks, so we are joining Brian’s Home Blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop! Visit some other blogs to see what they are thankful for.