One of my favorite parts of the day is my morning walk with the dogs. We have a series of trails behind my house that lead through the woods to a large stream. I try to walk it everyday, rain or shine, usually with my favorite walking partner and dear friend Tori. As of late, we have stumbled upon a little mystery that has made this walk even more magical.
At the end of the trail is metal pole designed to keep vehicles out. A few weeks ago, I noticed a little rock sitting on top of it. Feeling playful, I took it as an invitation and added a rock next to it. I didn't think much about it until the following day when I saw a 3rd rock sitting next to mine! I admit, I squealed out loud. I felt like a member of a secret club of like minded folk who notice little things like rocks on poles. (When you see the world a tiny bit differently than others, these moments of shared whimsy feel really good) Anyway, this went on for days until someone ruined the fun and scattered the rocks on the ground. I imagined they felt left out, not knowing the rock pile invitation was open to everyone. Undeterred, I started over. With a bit of an "I'll show you" attitude, I placed a big rock on top. To my delight, the rocks appeared again.
This has gone on now for weeks. We put them up, someone takes them down. Based on how rapidly the pile grows now, I assume others have joined the fun. It's like a tiny rock party where we connect in a daily ritual that brings a smile. It is so simple, yet it is something I look forward to every day. I try to imagine who is part of the pile- do I know them? do they have dogs? ( I am guessing yes and yes) Not knowing for sure makes it even more fun!
Maybe in this world where so many things divide us, something as simple as putting a rock in a pile makes us feel closer and more connected. Sharing a morning smile and knowing that as someone places their rock on the pole, they may also be thinking and wondering about you, is a pretty lovely way to start the day. To my rock party buddies- you start my day with a little joy and I am most appreciative. Please, if you are reading this, promise you won't tell me who you are- I don't want to spoil the fun! I hope I haven't spoiled yours.
Have a beautiful day!