It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
–Robert W. Service
One of my favorite things to do as a child was play in the sandbox on a summer day. I did many other things, like ride bikes and tromp around on the nearby railroad tracks and even turned a refrigerator box into a mini-house. However, my green plastic, turtle-shaped sandbox was always sitting on the back patio baking in the summer sun. I would pluck ants from the lawn every so often and watch them struggle in a funnel of sand I made. Then I would go back to get some more and that ant would be gone. A few years ago–on a cross-country road trip with two good friends–I had a chance to play in the sand box again, but this time I was the little ant in the…
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