In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather’s knee and listened to stories of faraway places.
When he had finished, Alice would say, “When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I grow old, I too will live beside the sea.”
“That is all very well little Alice,” her grandfather would say, “but there is a third thing you must do…
…you must do something to make the world more beautiful.”
from Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney