The Start of Something Big

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The end of the one is the beginning of the other.

Submitted: March 23, 2015

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Five billion years went by. For five billion cold, solitary, freakin' years, the grain of sand, barely bigger than a pin head, circled the white star. Millions of times, like a yo-yo, it fell toward the star, enjoying a few brief weeks of warmth before being flung back into the black, heartless depths of the lonely, trackless, forbidding vacuum of space.

One time was different than all the others. A blue planet stood squarely in the grain's path. It slammed into the atmosphere at 24,000 miles per hour. Friction heated it white hot, and the grain was vaporized at several tens of thousands of degrees. For half of a second, it blazed a streak across one quarter of the clear night sky. The little grain of sand was no more, but its fiery death had not been in vain. It was all part of the grand plan of the universe.

A child sitting on a parent's knee clapped and squealed in delight, having just seen the first shooting star of a lifetime. It was the start of something big. It fired the child's imagination which was to be followed up by years of intense study with a passion few school kids can match. We don't know yet when that was. We don't know yet where that was. We only know with reasonable certainty that the child walks among us on Earth today, just one of seven billion pairs of feet, and one of those feet is destined to make the first human footprint in the sands of Mars.

Copyright © 2015 W.C. Bell; All rights reserved.


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