He loved to dig holes

Omar was fascinated by what was underfoot. He didn’t hope for treasure because, for him, the process of revealing layer under layer of soil was the unveiling of a mystery and the reward for his labor. His prize possession was his shovel. He would dig for free but he admitted that a man must earn his bread, so he didn’t mind digging ditches or graves. Any hole in the ground was a good hole if he could stand in it to smell rocks and exposed soil.