By now I'm sure many of you are sick of hearing me speak of Yellowknife and my move there (July 2nd!!!). So, instead of presenting you with a Yellowknife author, I'm going all the way to Fort Smith to bring back Richard Van Camp's short story "Show me Yours" (which sounds more risque than it actually is.)
"Show me Yours" is the story of a man that absent-mindedly creates a fad that seems to bring happiness to those that follow suit. Why do people react to so positively? I'm sure it's easy for any reader to come up with theories; mine is that it reminds people of times when we more innocent.
There's a mysterious quality to the story, captured beautifully with the Northern Lights. Yes, there's a scientific explanation to the phenomenon. Yes, Richard simply stuck a baby picture of himself over a saint. But the joy they bring-- and the joy this story brought me-- is magical.