Have you ever given much thought to rocks or stones? They can be quite fascinating. I have seen huge boulders that were dug up from yards and then used as a focal point in a garden. With the right kinds of flowers growing around them they make for attractive yard art.
On a smaller scale, I have seen rock gardens. Again, the way some people use rocks and stones is quite artistic. Some talented people even paint stones to look like animals…cats, dogs, etc. There are even books out there on how to paint animals on stones. I know, because Kathy has one.
When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do was to find a small flat stone and skim it across a body of water. In my case it was the water that filled the coal holes behind where we lived. I know that playing near these was not the wisest thing to do. My friends and I would see who could get the most skips out of his stone. Of course it all depended on the stone, the angle it was thrown, and the force behind the throw.
Then there are the colorful stones that people use in fish tanks. Some fish just seem to blend into the surroundings making it fun to try to spot them.
How many young children had rock collections? I never did, but I remember some of my friends bringing their collection to school and showing it off. Really neat!
There is one more stone I want to mention before I end. It is not very big. In fact, it is quite small. However, it has the power to bring a grown man to his knees. It has the power to turn clear liquid red. My mother had them. My brother had them. Now, I found out that I also have one. I am sure you know by know that I am talking about a kidney stone. To paraphrase Lady Macbeth, “Out, damned stone. Out I say…”