Like a lot of kids, J has always collected rocks. I’m careful when doing laundry because it’s not unlikely to find a few pebbles bouncing around in her pockets – along with pine cones, feathers, or whatever else she might have been inspired to pick up.
The other day I came across a book that was written for kids like J. “Everybody Needs a Rock” by Byrd Baylor. The author goes through ten “rules” that everyone needs to respect when choosing your very own rock. As she writes, “not just any rock, but a special rock that you find yourself and keep it for as long as you can, maybe forever.” The prose are beautiful and made me want to jump up and find that special rock meant just for me.
A couple of days ago we went down to the river with our friends. It was another 30 C day! In September. Gorgeous day. We got there a little early and R, being inspired himself by the book, promptly set to finding HIS rock.
The book encourages the rock hunter to see, feel, and even smell your rock. I guess R thought that it was also worthwhile to listen to one. 🙂
What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.