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.
Al Ainsworth is a former baseball coach and English teacher who was once called an oxymoron by his principal. He also served eight years as a small groups pastor. Now, he writes and speaks from a platform of values storying, the passing of values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell...and re-tell. He combines wit and wisdom through the vehicle of memorable stories.