Matchstick Jeans


Jack usually picks up a stick on his walk.

It started on the first or second walk and now he does it most of the time.  He finds a stick and carries it in his mouth all the way home.  Sometimes it’s a little twig, other times it’s big and covered in growth or dirt.  We recently had a lot of rain, so he thinks some of the exposed roots are sticks, but eventually gives up.  I’ve even seen him trade up a couple of times and change sticks mid-walk.

The first time he did it, it was such a surprise.  A lovely, sunrising, just the two of us, surprise.  I saw it as a glimpse into his burgeoning personality, something unique and special.

Jack brings home sticks.

This morning we were on the walk, he went for a stick and I said, “Oh, that one?  I’m sure we can find a…

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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