Pick up a good stick when you see one. Give it a thorough lookover for cracks, assess its diameter and its heft. Possibly swing the stick once. Trail the stick behind you while you walk. Brandish it at oncoming strangers, as though you hold a light saber or a sword. Use it to knock aside small pebbles and pinecones. Twirl it, stir it in water. Leave the stick in some convenient spot, telling yourself you’ll pick it up again the next time you walk this direction. Forget.