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November 8, 2017

One of my favorite blogging friends, Val the Victorian at Unbagging the Cats, often posts about finding pennies that remind her of her late mother. Because of her, I’m now looking for pennies, and several days ago while exiting the Goodwill during my weekly quest for oil painting frames, I looked down and spotted something in a plant divider between parking spaces. It wasn’t a penny, but it did catch my attention.


Mrs. Chatterbox loves platitudes and inspiring messages, and once gave me a token she’d bought because she thought it had “Write” written on it. She figured it might inspire me. Unfortunately, when I studied it more closely I realized it didn’t say “WRITE”; it said “UNITE.” Maybe she wanted me to start a revolution.


The item I found, a rock, had writing on it and was easy to read—Believe. I picked it up and brushed it off. When I turned it over I saw that it had been created on Mrs. Chatterbox’s birthday. I gave it to her and she hasn’t decided if she wants to keep it or re-hide it. I vote on re-hiding it.







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It’s hard to believe but today is my sixty-fifth birthday. Yikes! I’m much too immature to be 65.





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That really is an interesting piece.
By: Lux G. on November 8, 2017
Hiding painted rocks is a "thing" here also. I don't know where it started, but we originally found one at the park. My grandkids painted many and hid them. Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fantastic one!
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on November 8, 2017
That's pretty cool. I'd re-hide it. And Happy Birthday! Welcome to Medicare. :)
By: scott park on November 8, 2017
It is a thing here, too. My grandkids painted some this summer. We haven't had time to hide them yet. Re-hide. Make someone's day!
By: Linda on November 8, 2017
Happy birthday, Stephen (Steve), aka Mr. Chatterbox! A definitive milestone, marker, transition, senior moment. Time will take on, if it hasn't already move into hyper-drive. Days blurring into the next... but wait your salvation is self-admitted immaturity. Good or bad... have a great and goofy day! ;)
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 8, 2017
Happy Birthday! Grow older, but never grow up! ;)
By: Kelly on November 8, 2017
No coincidences, it was meant for Mrs C! Happy birthday to you and many of them!
By: John on November 8, 2017
it's a new thing- paint a rock and put a wee little message on it and hide it, place it someplace where a stranger will find it...kinda fun to do! and puhleese do not worry about turning 65....I just turned 75 and it feels fine!l
By: Kathe W. on November 8, 2017
Happy birthday! :) I think I'd re-hide the rock...unless I felt a real attachment to it, which one might. I like that they give you the choice.
By: Rita McGregor on November 8, 2017
I vote for keeping because it should have been her birthday present. Franklin, Penelope, and I wish you a happy 65th, old dude. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 8, 2017
Happy birthday! You're 25 years and 2 weeks older than me. Hahaha. As for the rock, I think I'd find somewhere to hide it.
By: PT Dilloway on November 8, 2017
Happy birthday! Those years do sneak up on us, don't they. Amazing it was made on her birthday.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on November 8, 2017
I saw one of those painted rocks the other week at church, but I just left it alone. I hope someone picked it up & hid it again! Happy birthday to you!!
By: The Bug on November 8, 2017
Keep the rock. Did you think it would take longer to get to 65?
By: fishducky on November 8, 2017
very cool. I'd re-hide it.
By: Ellen Abbott on November 8, 2017
Happy Birthday! I've never heard of the painted rocks, but you were meant to find that one for Mrs. C! From what people here are saying about painted rocks, I agree with your opinion of re-hiding it. It's Mrs. C's decision, though! Since it has her birth date on it, maybe she should keep it. I have the same belief as your commenter John above. No coincidences.
By: Val on November 8, 2017
It says keep OR re-hide, so if she likes it, I think she should keep it. After all, it does have her birthdate on it so that makes it more meaningful for her than for most folks who might have found it. And Happy Birthday, Stephen - most days we're only as old as we feel inside, so being immature is a good thing :)
By: jenny_o on November 8, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHEN. Oh to be 65 again. Rock painting has taken off here and I found one by my fence. For now I am keeping. I think since it has her birthday on it she should keep it.
By: Arkansas Patti on November 8, 2017
Wishing you many happy returns of the day! If it were me, i'd keep the photo and sentiment, and rehide the rock.
By: messymimi on November 8, 2017
Send it to Val.
By: cranky on November 8, 2017
This is a new fad in this area. The rocks are usually painted by children with or without messages and children find them and then re-hide them somewhere else!
By: Tabor on November 8, 2017
a very happy birthday to you. i hope you enjoy(ed) your special day. i love the rock thing, which is similar to the leaving a book thing.
By: Fran on November 8, 2017
Happy Birthday-you are part of the "youth movement" around here. As for the rock-re-hide it and let the adventure continue.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 8, 2017
That's a great idea. I may create something like that. It's almost a pay it forward idea.
By: Rick Watson on November 8, 2017
Happy birthday. 65 is a great year. I hope you had a great day.
By: red on November 8, 2017
I know several people born on Oct 22. That' must be a good day to be born. My birthday is Oct 24, so you and I are fellow Scorpios. Cheers! I also vote for re-hiding.
By: STL Fan on November 8, 2017
Oh, and Happy Birthday.
By: STL Fan on November 8, 2017
I'd love to find a rock like that and I would consider it good luck. Happy Birthday!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on November 8, 2017
Happy Birthday Stephen, I have heard about these painted rocks, it's kind of a neat thing, Mrs. C can either re hide or keep this one, I guess if she keeps it you could paint and hide another one to replace it.
By: Jimmy on November 8, 2017
I had a coin collection as a kid and I still collect pre-1959 pennies, when the design changed. As I tell B, some of my coins are worth up to 10 times their face value ... quite an investment, huh!?!
By: tom sightings on November 9, 2017
P. S. Happy birthday ... you're still a youngster!
By: tom sightings on November 9, 2017
Happy birthday and may you never act your age! As for that magical rock, I think it should definitely be re-hidden so someone else can share the magic.
By: Mitchell is Moving on November 9, 2017
Following the directions on the flip side I went to Facebook and found the NW Rocks page. It's a group with presently over 2,600 members who like to paint and hide rocks.
By: Catalyst on November 9, 2017
Great rock. 65 already?! Peggy picks up coins. One day, she saw a penny while biking, threw on her brakes, and was rear-ended by another bike. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
By: on November 9, 2017
Happy belated birthday! Those painted rocks are big here, too, being placed all over the downtown area. I've found two so far that I kept.
By: Pixel Peeper on November 19, 2017

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