Jarn’s Journal Year 10 Day 40 #sffsat

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Year 10 Day 40

I think I’ve made another job for myself.

I should note that almost all of the People are very good at throwing stones and hitting stationary targets. A few can throw spears and have them go into what they’re aiming at, though most spear work uses a thrusting technique. A very few have mastered throwing stones from a sling. There is, however, a problem in learning to use a sling, which is why most of the shamans discourage it. In the early stages of learning, a slung stone can go anywhere, even behind the slinger, and fast enough to pose a real danger.

A couple of days ago one of the children “borrowed” his father’s sling to throw snowballs. The father saw what he was doing, started towards his son, and (by accident, I suspect) got hit by a fairly sloppy snowball. He blinked in surprise, marched up to his son, and informed the youngster he was going to learn to use a sling properly.

With rocks, there is some danger in teaching the use of the sling. I would not want to be the teacher! But with rather sloppy, soft, snowballs as ammunition and a stuffed hide as a target, he proceeded to teach not only his son, but several other youngsters, how to use a sling properly. Today his class had expanded to include a number of adults, including Giraffe.

“I think,” Songbird said as she watched, “they’ll be expecting snow every year, now.

This is an excerpt from a journal kept by Jarn, a human-like alien who was stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has met some of our ancestors, the People. For a more complete version of this entry check my main blog; the journal entries to date are collected on my author page. And yes, the sling shown in the photo is far more sophisticated than those used by the People.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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6 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 10 Day 40 #sffsat

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    Worrying – did Jarn realise how much work he was making for himself? 😉 Again you do a very nice job of making it clear that these people may be primitive, but they are still people, very much thinking and responding the way we do – the child and the father feel very real.

  2. Jarn, Snow Collector. He didn’t see that one coming. Did he?

  3. jccassels says:

    LOL! And why shouldn’t they expect snow every year? I do believe Jarn has done it again. 🙂

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