Grandpa gray hairMy great grandfather loved to draw lines in the sand and he drew several lines in the sand before he joined my ancestors. My grandfather loves to draw lines in the sand especially when the sun goes down. My grandfather enjoys sitting quietly under the mango tree (sometimes with his best friend but mostly alone) and draws several lines in the sand anytime he takes his seat under the mango tree. My grandfather drew several lines in the sand when I was just a tiny little baby. My grandfather continues to draw several lines in the sand even today and I know he will draw more lines in the sand once the sun sets tomorrow.My grandfather loves to draw lines in the sand why because the sand we see according to my grandfather isn't just sand but a library of hidden truths.

The sand according to my grandfather is full of mystery but also full of several keys to unlock those mysteries.

The sand according to the grandfather is full of wisdom if you search deeper. However, you don't need to dig deep holes into the center of the earth. All you need is a tiny piece of stick or anything at all you can draw lines with. 

Not just my grandfather but almost all wise elders in Africa love to draw lines in the sand. The few who do not enjoy drawing lines in the sand enjoy watching the clouds as they move slowly but gently in the skies. Some enjoy looking into the skies why because the skies just like the earth are full of answers to most if not all the mysteries of the world.

Unlike in the outside world where gray hair is often frowned upon, the natural gray hair is of great importance in Africa. The natural gray hair is a blessing in Africa. The natural gray hair isn't just a symbol of old age. The natural grey hair is also a symbol of wisdom and peace. Even if you don't like an elder, it is your duty as a child to respect his or her grey hair. Children who disrespect the grey hair often die long before their natural deaths.

In Africa, the elders (the wise old men and women) are the eyes of the gods why because what an elder sees while sitting, a child can never see even if he (the child) climbs the tallest mountain in the world. Elders are full of wisdom and most elders including my grandfather speak in proverbs all the time. In the past it was a taboo to disrespect an elder and children who disobeyed elders were severely punished.

Unlike in the outside world where old grandparents are often abandoned in elder homes, grandparents are of great importance in Africa. Mom and Dad often go out (to work) in the day time and come home in the evening. Grandparents often stay home and take care of their grandchildren.

When it comes to advice, grandparents are like sacred holy "books" full of wisdom and common sense and they that throw away such wisdom books, often die from stupidity and ignorance long before their natural deaths. It is a great taboo for a child to abandon his or her parents and grandparents. In Africa, "blood is thicker than water" and it is the duty of every responsible child to take care of his or her parents and grandparents even in death no matter the situation. In Africa, there are huge blessings in obeying, respecting and caring for elders.

However, things are changing especially in the big cities and towns. People have very little and in most cases no respect at all for the grey hair (all thanks to the influence of the western culture which is becoming the most dominant culture in Africa today especially in the big cities and towns). Even the so-called men of God do not respect the grey hair. Even the so-called men of God who were supposed to be teaching people the importance of respect, often accuse elders with grey hair of being witches and wizards.