Dear Wife selected a sturdy Hickory stick with a leather strap and finely crafted handle. Good choice. When it was my turn, I could not resist the somewhat more pricey Sassafras country walking stick with a brass knob that is actually a decorative hame tip from a horse collar. I have had my eyes on it for months.
Something about Sassafras takes me back to my country days when we lived at the Shiloh battlefield in western Tennessee and I rode my bicycle two miles down country roads to visit my best friends practically every day. We rode the farm horses, picked cotton in season, and found a great many Civil War minieballs as well as Indian arrowheads. Somehow Sassafras was in play, because this handsome Whistle Creek stick reminds me of those days. (Was it Sassafras tea? -- that rings a bell. I need to take a refresher course on making that.) Anyway, I can hardly wait to have it in my hands.
I also spent time on the computer getting my Mended Hearts team in line for the annual Heart Walk in October. As Team Captain, I proudly added DW to the team. She should have her fine Hickory stick by then and intends to shoot for completing the one-mile segment, an amazing goal for a gal who has overcome a major stroke. With Sassafras in hand, I intend to test my bionic knee from the replacement surgery of last April by completing the full three miles. With cooler weather moving in this weekend, I need to do some longer walks for training purposes.
© Robert G. Holland 2013