Thanks to TV advertising and some dinner table discussion, the kids have fairly strong views on the habit of smoking.
Sunday, while we crossbranded cattle, this boy sidled up beside the branding furnace
after searching for suitably sized sticks,
lit one end and proceeded to puff away whilst glancing at his shadow.
While some might find this behaviour a little worrying, I'm not losing sleep.
I well remember as a child the greatest treat of all time was a packet of lolly 'fags'. A hard white candy stick with red coloured tip, looking to all the world like a cigarette. This lolly sucking childhood habit hasn't contributed to any long term detrimental habits, other than a sweet tooth possibly.
Naturally, political correctness saw the cessation of production of such harmful sweets. A generation of children forced into smoking by these early recollections of enjoying cigarette sweets? I'm hopeful Wallace will realise that smoking sticks and smoking cigarettes are mostly unrelated.