Creative Non-Fiction is non-fiction written using the dramatic techniques of fiction. This piece is a form of creative non-fiction also called personal essay. The problem of personal essay is that no one's memory is entirely correct. When you speak of others you must be very sure to speak truth, to truth and from truth. And all this without being boring!
I hope you are not bored.
Stone Musings #1
She looks closely at the ground as we move down the narrow slot canyon, hoping to be first to find a fossil. Not just any fossil, a better one than any I will find. Special because yet again she has beaten me at my own game.
Number-two son scrambles from rock to rock, scuffs dirt and attempts to kill all the innocent wildlife within range of his throwing arm. He watches closely, and should I bend down to look at some nondescript pebble, he'll be there before I am.
He's no faster though, than number one, who has learned both to dog Momma's footsteps and to keep an eagle eye on number two in jealous speculation. He would do better by looking under his right foot, just now.
They all watch me from the corners of their eyes.
And I? I wonder at their brief fascinations and frantic scurryings back and forth as though the landscape were made just for them. Eons of uplift and downfall and brief violent wrenchings, just for them. Stone death, despair and rebirth, just for them and their hands.
No wonder they always win.
I wonder why they think that I always lose?