The Treebranching Chicks 2
Katherine Phelps Copyright February 1998

The Stick Chick:
May I show you The Way out?

You float high above the head of the vibrant and spunky little creature who chose to build her house of sticks.

Twigs are certainly a traditional material for birds to build their nests from, but this chick uses each stick to practice the moves of the martial art Kendo before placing it in the new structure. Nevertheless, she never loses sight of the fact that she is indeed constructing a home for herself and uses this method to ensure the strength of the wood she selects.

Kendo is an ancient art developed by and for the samurai of Japan. Originally, it was taught with swords, but in recent centuries swords have become unnecessary, so the discipline is still taught using staffs. The Stick Chick knows that "do" is the word for "Way". Ken is the name of her instructor who is really cute. So, she always figured that "Kendo" meant "The Way of Ken."

When she completes the nest she proudly saunters across its threshold, just as a cat espies her bulky little body, mistaking muscle for fat.

The cat leaps onto the branch of the chick's newly founded home only to face the lightning reactions of the Stick Chick. As her guardian angel you can direct her to: