We were walking around Vermilion Saturday morning. When we got down to the Main Street beach and were looking for a place to sit, I noticed a bunch of brightly painted stones with inspirational messages on one of the benches. I groaned and thought that some vendor had decided to use a public seating area as a display table. Pretty bogus!
But I was wrong. In fact, the stones weren’t for sale. They were free to whoever wanted to take one. There was a laminated sign that explained the back story, and a battered notebook where people who took a stone could leave a note of their own.
The sign, signed “Me” with a heart symbol, said:
“Been thinking of someone lately?? of course you have! and don’t forget #1
please take a rock (or two . . . or three) they are free!!
use them to brighten your day or someone else’s!
Pay It Forward”
A number of people who had taken stones and appreciated the gesture had written messages in the battered notebook; I assume that “Me” came by at night to gather the notebook and the stones and came back early in the morning to set them out again.
I didn’t take a stone because I didn’t think I needed one. Why not leave them for people who really need a boost in their lives, and need an affirmation that a complete stranger is willing to take the time to find and paint rocks that just might brighten their day? For all of the negativity in the world right now, there is still some simple goodness out there, too. It’s nice to see tangible evidence of it now and then.