Al Ainsworth : Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) (Excerpt)

Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) (Excerpt)

Leave a Tip
$5 Suggested Tip

Formats Available

PDF 3.3 MB


Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting

For Readers Of

Andy Andrews, Donald Miller, Willie Morris, Sophie Hudson

Buy Books

Connect with the Author


Print Length





FamilyStoryLegacy Publishing

Publication Date




About the Book    About the Author

The title of the book came from my mom’s solution to an ongoing disagreement among my two sisters, my brother, and me when we were children. Every morning as we waited for the school bus at the end of our gravel driveway, we would jostle for position—with each of us believing that we should be first in line.

The arguments became so regular and so vehement that Mom devised a systematic schedule by which we would each have our day to be first (and last). Each day, we would mark our spot through our lines in the gravel. The chapter “Lines in the Gravel” serves as an introduction to how the four of us Ainsworth kids learned to live in harmony with one another.

This book is much more than nostalgic stories, however. Nostalgia reaches into the past with both hands to grasp what is already gone and likely never will be again. Legacy, on the other hand, reaches into the past with one hand to grasp what is teachable and passes it forward with the other hand to the next generation. Lines in the Gravel is aimed toward legacy.

More From this Author


More From this Author