Rock on: Keep it up kids, this is fun

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Rocks have become inexplicably popular lately.

I don’t know how it started, but it’s a thing now for kids to paint rocks and leave them around town for others to find and hide again. You can also paint your own rocks to leave in their place, which is what David and I decided to do.

ON THE HUNT – Racey Burden finds a rock with a top hat drawn on it. Messenger photo by David Talley

I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I can draw stick figures and a weird-looking dog, and that’s about it. But this felt like a no-pressure form of artwork because I don’t think anyone was expecting me to paint the most beautiful rock in all of Decatur. Which is good, because I definitely did not.

Painting rocks is not as easy as you might think. Mine were sort of lumpy and misshapen, and it took several coats of paint to cover the gray underneath. But what I found to be the hardest part was the waiting – there’s a reason the saying about boredom is “like watching paint dry.” We literally watched paint dry, and it was not fun. I eventually gave up and did other stuff before I came back to my rocks to add the final touches.

I decided to paint two things I felt I could do without too much hassle – a flower on one rock, and the logo of my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, on the other. Only, as soon as I started to paint I realized the base coat hadn’t dried. More watching paint dry.

David got a little more ambitious with his rocks, so I had to wait on him to finish before we could go hide ours. We also planned to look for rocks hidden by others, but we only found two. I was tempted to keep one – a big purple rock with a top hat drawn on it – but decided that wouldn’t be fair to the kids that this game is actually for. Later we saw a post on Facebook of a cute little boy who found that rock, and I felt like I made the right decision to re-hide it.

David checked out a few of our hiding spots later, and our rocks are gone. Who knows where they are now, or who they’re with, but it’s kind of cool to think of them making their way around town.

For a silly game, it’s kind of neat. I hope once school starts the local kids won’t give up on making and hiding these rocks, because it makes me smile to see them around town.

Racey Burden is a Messenger reporter.

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