I found this pretty interesting: “Contrary to popular belief, pearls hardly ever result from the intrusion of a grain of sand into an oyster’s shell.

Instead, a pearl forms when an irritant such as a wayward food particle becomes trapped in the mollusk.

The pearl formation process is quite mystical. Like many natural processes, the birth of a pearl takes time.

But when the process is complete, the result is stunning.”

Now, for someone who fairly recently (anything less than 40 years) made his home in Arab, Alabama, it seems somewhat strange to concentrate on a pearl.

After all, there is no sea near us. The closest body of water we would have is Lake Guntersville.

But we, as Arabians, live in a town that is located in the middle of a metropolis of the future as “developing food particles” surround this vital part of Americano: Huntsville to the north with a space program and quickly expanding corporate presence; Cullman to the west where a logistical major highway provides vital means of travel throughout the southeast; Guntersville to the east with natural and manmade recreational destinations; and the rich, luscious fruits and vegetation to the south for those seeking the state’s sunny, sandy beaches.

We are the pearl.

For more on this story please pick up Wednesday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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