I pulled on my boots and hit the asphalt. A quarter mile out of town, a black RAV ahead of me slowed down and came to a stop. It was O__, the retired teacher. She rolled down the window.
“You walking, now?”
“Trying to get back into the habit.”
“Well, watch out for the turkeys.”
“It’s a small town, O__; you’ll bump into them sooner or later.”
“Smart ass. I’m talking about wild turkeys. Keep heading west, you’ll see ‘em.”
“Maybe take a stick with you. Or just tell ‘em another dumb joke. That might get ‘em running.” She made a point of peeling off, and I resumed my walk.
Fifteen minutes later, I spotted the birds. They’d left the ditch for a field of levelled corn. They didn’t look dangerous to me, but they were certainly large enough to pose a threat, were they of a mind to.