Brilliant white quartz is a common mineral around here and one of the cool things about it is that it glows in the dark. I discovered this on dark evenings when taking my walk by moonlight. Chunks of quartz littered the trails that neighbor Bob has created on his 20 acres next door. Ever the tidy one (hah!), I would reach down and neatly line them up on one side or the other. Sometimes I just kicked them with my foot.
I walked on and started laughing -- he'd lined the path in many places with more branches and, closer to the creek, with rocks.
Walking along, between these sticks laid out on either side of the path, I felt strangely, ridiculously, wonderfully important...sort of like royalty. Really. Under the right conditions, sometimes that's all it takes.
Thank you, Bob!