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March 12, 2003


Footprints of two friends, probably children, left in volcanic ash more than 325,000 years ago are the oldest ever found. Modern humans have been around for approximately 100,000 years and the beginnings of civilization for less than 10,000. Yet these two people left a trace of themselves and their friendship which may outlast anything any of us will ever make or do or say. Despite the awesome depth of time from which these footprints send their message I could think of them as my friend and I clambered over a snowbank this afternoon. Our footprints will melt with the sun coming this weekend but the gestures which made them may find themselves repeated by people not so disimilar to ourselves tens of thousands of years down the road.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 12, 2003 09:50 PM