Ethan earns his allowance by taking care of the chicks. He feeds and waters them and pushes them apart when they fight over food. Ethan notices one of them standing apart and not eating.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with this one chick,” he tells his dad. “Do you think he’s sick?”
His dad checks it out.
“The good news is he’s not sick. He’s the smallest. He is being pushed away from food. I don’t know if he will thrive alone, but we can try,” Dad says.
Ethan and his dad find a wooden box and some wire. They convert them into a chicken coup. They transfer Will as Ethan names the chick to his new home. Ethan starts talking to him, telling him about his day at school and how the others are doing.
“What exactly are you trying to do with that chick?” his mom says.
“Dad said he might still get sick being alone. So I’m trying to keep him company,” Ethan replies.
After that, his mom started chatting with Will as she did her daily chores. Will outgrew the others, surprising Ethan and his parents. Will became the first of the group to run free.
Shirley Ramsey, a retired journalism professor, lives in Norman.