In response to the article about the beauty of sand a friend sent a message about a story he’d read about from Tom Brown of Tracker School fame. I like it and wanted to share it with you:
Reminds me of a story Tom Brown (The Tracker) relates, and which is included in at least one of his books, about finding a retired fisherman on a beach at dawn. The fisherman had spent his entire working life in that area, and decided to retire on the beach.
Tom picked up a handful of sand, and was marveling at its beauty when the old man said “What you got there, son?”. Tom answered, “sand.”
The old man said “Just sand?”, at which point Tom decides to walk away in disappointment and sadness, as the old man had missed the beauty that surrounded him.
A moment later, Tom heard a noise, and turned around. He saw the old man holding a handful of sand, tears running down his cheeks, saying “I never knew… I never knew.”