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.