Rabology (collecting walking sticks): How it Starts
I remember playing and walking in the local fields and woods as a young boy and looking around for a walking stick. It didn’t matter what it was made from or what it looked like, I just had to have a stick. In those days a stick could be used as a sword or spear, a digging tool or a bat, something to poke down rabbit holes or investigate that scary unknown object! These days when I’m out with my dog, I see kids with their parents and nothing has changed. The stick is still a critical outdoor accessory and essential childhood toy.
Since picking up a fallen stick as a child, my need for a stick has become more sophisticated. For me, and many like me, the walking stick has become a prized possession, something to be cared for and looked after. After all it has tested the depths of puddles, bashed away the stinging nettles, knocked the rain off overhanging branches and undergrowth, and pulled down a branch of the biggest blackberries or sloes. And let’s be honest, it’s even frightened that errant dog away when necessary.
So if you have a child who loves playing with sticks, do give him or her every encouragement. You never know, you may have a budding rabologist (a collector of walking sticks) in your family!