“The same earth you are standing on has been stood on by generations of your ancestors. The air you breathe, even these trees you don’t notice, have been touched and climbed by those that came before you. That rock you were sitting on, how many behinds have sat there, watching the sun set?”
-Drew Hayden Taylor – The Night Wanderer
I was at an education workshop once and the keynote speaker said something similar to this. He mentioned how the air we breathe has been recycled through all the people in the world, past and present and that, at some point or another, we have probably inhaled the exhaled breath of Van Gogh or Michelangelo. Kind of awesome, don’t you think?
It is absolutely incredible.
As a genealogist, I can appreciate this. As a storyteller, I can expand on this. 🙂
Definitely! I am glad that this quote spoke to you 🙂 As I read it, I couldn’t help but think about the layers upon layers of history under our feet and all around us.