Ticks and Sticks

A theoretical game involving ticks.

Note: Ticks carry disease. My suggestion of playing a game involving them is a joke.

Ticks and Sticks is the name of a game I came up with one spring day as my family and I were looking for something creative to do outside. I imagine play would have involved going up to a bush and whacking it with a stick. In the spring, the bushes are loaded with ticks.

We played kickball instead.

Ticks are nasty spidery looking parasites that cling to branches in underbrush while they wait for an animal (or human) to latch onto. They flourish in the spring and can infect a human with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever if they cut into your skin to feed on your blood.

I never saw one until we moved to eastern Washington and then I saw way too many.  They would appear at the most inopportune times. I would be talking to someone then see their expression turn to horror as a tick would emerge from my hair then drop to the floor.

Imagine this happening on a first date? Once, a guy deftly snatched one off of my forehead as if it was nothing. He was a local.

I have a theory they don’t like fluorescent lighting because they would almost always come out in the library or other public building.

Being aware of the risks these parasites pose, we eat raw garlic every day in the spring. Everyone I know around here says to do that. When the ticks began to appear in our bedding we bought repellant for the cats whom we dubbed The Tick Buses.

What purpose could such ugly, potentially dangerous pests serve? I’m sure they have their place – just not on my head.

Author: ldinlove

I live with my family, two cats, and at any given moment: ten dear, two turkeys, ten chicks, ten billion ants, ten thousand bees and wasps, two white rabbits, twenty angry squirrels, one occasional bear ( occasional works for me), a couple of snakes, the neighbor's stray dogs, and one very friendly skunk.

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