b'18CALLIE DARUKa rolling field sitting peacefully in the countryside with nothing more than cattle to decorate it? Grassthats all it is, and yet its simple beauty evokes such deep emotion. On the other hand, have you driven by someones unmani-cured lawn? Uncared for and left to draw its one and only drink from the early morning dew, it sits parched and ugly. In the heat of the day, the sound of the crunch beneath your feet reminds you that little could grow there. Devoid of proper nutrients, its weak spot exposed by summers brutal heat, it adapts to its en-vironment, changing its appearance even though it had potential for beauty. Another characteristic of grass that comes to mind is its tran-sitory nature. Land lovers across the globe get irate when cor-porations seek to turn beautiful landscapes into condominiums and hotels. They fight to preserve earths beauty, but all too often their fight is in vain. Before they know it, dense pasture is ex-changed for plywood and sheetrock. Here one day and gone the next. Like grass, we change. We are temporary and, hard though we may fight for our illusion of it, we have no control over when our lives will wither like the grass blade.Whats the point, you might ask, if we are to wither like grass our days are to be blown away with the wind? Well, first lets look at grass. A quick study of its importance left me surprised. Grass has a ripple effect upon humanity and serves a tremendous purpose. Beauty aside, it covers, it sustains, and it nourishes. An ordinary, everyday thing yet it is so important. Did you know that grass goes dormant in the winter? Dormant grass is often mistaken for dead grass. Indeed, dingy and seem-ingly dry, they look very much the same. But unlike dead grass, dormant grass can be revived. It can and will make a comeback and, in its proper time, become lush, green, and beautiful once more.'