It was the perfect day; a breathtaking ocean view from the west African coastline, soft warm sand stretching for miles, a soda pop bottle in one hand and a fresh kabob in my other. As a seven year old kid, I didn’t think anything in my innocent world could make this beach vacation more magical.
I walked carefully, tiptoeing threw the fresh water inlet coming in from the roaring salt water inlet; the sunlight sprinkled around me and down over my toes beneath the clear water, showing off a very strange shimmery display…of gold. My eyes grew wide as I gazed down at the glistening display, sifted so perfectly within the water and sand. As if discovering what no other had, I looked quickly around before stooping and picking up the shiny gold piece. It was smooth and glowed a heavenly gold hue. I looked about and to my great surprise there were several more glistening pieces within the inlet bed.
I moved quickly, snatching each and every one of them up, plopping them delicately within my pockets which grew blissfully heavier by the minute. Finally, seeing no more, I smiled mysteriously, secretly knowing that I was now a very rich little girl…certainly capable of buying all of the kabobs and ice cream I could eat.
“Daddy!” I called out in a giggling hush as I ran to my dad’s side. “I found gold!” I said excitedly, reaching within my pocket and bringing out several pieces of my glorious treasure. Dad smiled as he reached down, taking one of the pieces from my hand to look it over in the warm summer light. “I’m rich, daddy!” I exclaimed, smiling proudly at my find within his hand. Dad gave me a look of amusement. “Honey…this is fool’s gold.” He answered, quickly explaining my disappointments. I furled my eyebrows, drawing my mouth to one side to show my disapproval of my dad’s unwelcomed news. Without saying a word, I shook my head and placed my golden treasures back into my pocket. I would find some way to show my dad he was wrong; my treasure would never be tossed back into the sea.
I spent the rest of the day enjoying my sweet, wealthy illusions…and it was glorious as all of the gold in all of the world.