On a crisp recent morning as I sat on my porch with the sun rising, a cup of coffee in my hand, and my dog in my lap, I smiled as I noticed the small hand print in the concrete near my foot. Part of the porch slab was poured four years ago before our grandson Luke turned 2. I remember like yesterday his Dad (our son Rusty) placing Luke’s hand in the wet concrete mix to leave an indelible mark. Luke’s hand is much bigger now. He also does not need any help or much encouragement to place it in anything wet today.
Looking back at my foot during the idyllic start of that peaceful day, I remembered my own small footprints on the beach as a child while on a family vacation to the Gulf Coast. I walked along the wet sand at the water’s edge with my dad. I repeatedly looked back to watch the gentle waves roll away any trace of my footprints. As I moved ahead, I twisted my route from time to time in anticipation of my temporary marks being washed away out the back.
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Walt Shelton is an environmental attorney, part-time professor at Baylor Law School, and adult Sunday school teacher at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin.