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|I have a 6 year old grandson and sometimes his words remind me of the ways in which I learned things. I never saw the ocean until I was about 12 and we vacationed in Myrtle Beach. Ninna went with us. When we arrived, after spending some time with family friends in NC, Vic...Ninna and i were walking along the beach just before dark. I remember asking her: "Ninna, where does all this water come from?"
I was overwhelmed with all the water, it seemed so endless. And Ninna said, "Do you remember Abraham?"
So Ninna, a woman who had never seen the ocean either, with those simple words, allowed my mind to tie it all together. Abraham's pool was one of the sources of the KY River, then to the Ohio...and on and on, until finally it arrived at the ocean. I think at that moment I realized that we were all connected in some way and dependent on the lowliest creatures for our survival. It was one of those Ah ha moments.
Of course it was too big a lesson to be grasped all at once. But Abraham the water dog was like the canary miners used to use to make sure the air in a mine was not contaminated. Our drinking water came from from that same mountain. As long as Abraham was alive and well, our water was good to drink. And if we followed that mountain stream, we could go anywhere.
Nature is the best teacher, it always has been.
Thanks for reading the article, Ladies.
Sometime in early June, Vic...you will find me on top of that mountain.
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