About the Book
About the Author
The title of the book came from my mom’s solution to an ongoing disagreement among my two sisters, my brother, and
me when we were children. Every morning as we waited for the school bus at the
end of our gravel driveway, we would jostle for position—with each of us
believing that we should be first in line.
The arguments became so regular and so
vehement that Mom devised a systematic schedule by which we would each have our
day to be first (and last). Each day, we would mark our spot through our lines
in the gravel. The chapter “Lines in the Gravel” serves as an introduction to
how the four of us Ainsworth kids learned to live in harmony with one another.
This book is much more than nostalgic stories, however. Nostalgia reaches into the past with both hands to grasp what is already gone and likely never will be again. Legacy, on the other hand, reaches
into the past with one hand to grasp what is teachable and passes it forward
with the other hand to the next generation. Lines in the Gravel is aimed toward legacy.
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