Howard Carter was born on this morning in 1874, and half a century later he understood why he had come into the world.
The revelation came to him when he discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Carter located it through sheer stubbornness, after years of trying everywhere, battling discouragement and the fear-mongering of his fellow Egyptologists.
On the day of the great find, he sat at the foot of the short-lived pharaoh, the boy surrounded by a thousand marvels, and spent long hours in silence.
He returned many times.
One of those times he saw what he had not seen before: there were seeds on the floor.
The seeds had spent three thousand two hundred years waiting for the hand that would plant them.
(Galeano.E, "Children of the Days" pg 143)