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Rock On!

May 9, 2017 - Amy Phelps

Recently on a trip with my kids and my mom, while I was in a shop looking around, my mom sat down on a bench outside and noticed something sitting next to her. It was a little rock, painted brown with an orange pawprint on it. When I came out, she showed it to me and told me to turn it over. On the back directed me to a Facebook page, to post where I found the rock and to rehide it. The Facebook page was full of photos of painted rocks - from simple colored rocks with words painted on them to elaborate artistic work - that were then hid out in the world for people to find, like a never-ending Easter egg hunt. The idea apparently was to put art out into the world and give people a smile, a little act of kindness to make someone’s day and add a little magic to everyday life. People started adding hashtags to their work so they could hopefully see where their rocks ended up, and there added some weird angst with some people - why aren’t their rocks showing up on the page, why aren’t people posting the photo, why aren’t they hashtagging the photos, people better not be keeping the rocks because that’s not the rules, etc. Which is not what the rock adventure was ever about! It was about creating something pretty in the world and hopefully bringing a smile to someone’s face. My family wanted to join in on the fun, so we painted a bunch of rocks and hid them. We actually saw a few of them reposted, which made all of us excited. But we were equally as excited to drive by the locations and see that they were gone. Someone saw it and picked it up! Whether they put it in their pocket, rehid it or used it to skip across the river, it had its moment in the sun. And that’s all that matters. Weirdly enough, right after I found my out-of-town rock, and we were painting ours, my husband happened across one locally. I rehid it somewhere I thought in plain sight, and spent a week driving by it everyday, wondering why no one saw it. I was thrilled when I finally drove by one day and it was gone. So keep an eye out while you’re at the park or going about your daily life. You never know when something small might catch your eye, and you’ll find a little piece of art.


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