The most simple things can bring the most happiness. ~~ Izabella Scorupco
One of the things that my Grandmother, Mom and I have in common is the love of rocks and other bits and pieces of nature. When organizing Mom’s antique secretary after she passed away I ran across a bowl of leaves. I left them there. I inadvertently threw away a dried up piece of twig that she had brought in from the yard just a few days before she passed away. My father was looking for it but I had already cleaned the sideboard and thrown it away not realizing what it was or that he wanted to hang on to it.
My niece remembered as a child that she and my nephew would pick the little wild field daisies and dandelions and bring them to my mom. I remember many times seeing them in little containers on the sink or table as a reminder of a happy day well spent with the grandkids. In honor of those memories, they sent a beautiful wreath of daisies for her memorial service. Those flowers then and now are far more precious than diamonds or rubies.
I know it’s sentimental really to hang on to such seemingly trivial bits and pieces but sometimes it is the small things that invoke a tender memory or happy thought of our loved ones.
My mother has two large rocks that belonged to her mother. One of them came from a long-ago trip to Arizona and I’m not sure where the other one came from but it is large, round, brown and smooth. I remember seeing that rock at my grandmother’s when I was a child, leaning against a door to prop it open. My mother almost gave it to me once, but then changed her mind. I’m glad she kept it to enjoy, I’m sure seeing it reminded her of her mother and her love of rocks and other bits of nature.
One of the days we were at Hospice I found a painted rock that had been left outside near the front entry. It was painted in shades of green and blue, colors that Mom would have loved. It had a message painted on it that said spread happiness. A fitting message for someone who had spent her life spreading happiness to others. I brought it inside for her room.
I don’t know If you have heard about the painted rock sensation that has been around now for a few years; it is a group of people that paint rocks with messages and leave them in public places for others to find. It originated with a woman in Massachusetts who started the Kindness Rocks Movement. She started a trend that has gone worldwide and there are several smaller groups that have cropped up as well, all doing basically the same thing. There is a group in the community where our Hospice was located, called Maysville KY hidden rocks.
The premise is that you find a rock, enjoy it and then rehide it for someone else to discover.if you decide to keep the rock that is ok too. But you are encouraged to paint your own rock to hide.
Knowing my mom’s love of rocks my Dad put it in her hand and told her about the rock. He let her hold it for quite a while and then he placed it on the table beside her bed. When I told him about the history of painted rocks he decided he wanted to keep this one since it was the last thing that my mom held. When he got back home, he put it on the back porch near where they would sit as a reminder of her.
I guess we are a sentimental bunch and many would roll their eyes at keeping rocks, leaves, wildflowers, also known as weeds, and other bits of nature, but that’s how we roll. It’s not the expensive things or material possessions that mean the most in the end. It’s the simple things, more often than not from nature, that spark our greatest sentimentality and spread happiness.
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! Psalm 144:15
Grace for the journey,
Postscript: I had a conversation on FB earlier with the lady who posted the picture of the rock we found. Turns out she had seen my Mom back in February when Mom had been on a Hospice respite and had talked with her. She told me she would lead her back to the nurse’s station when Mom seemed confused. That was a blessing to find out that someone had been so kind to her. I would never have known that if I hadn’t decided to look for the origin of the rock. God always sends us the blessing we need at the time we need them. How’s that for spreading happiness!
Come back tomorrow for more of the journey? Just a reminder that I usually post later in the day. Clicking on the ladybug graphic will take you to the first page in this series with links to the daily posts. Thanks for reading!