What makes Rosie happy? The answer is the simple things in life. One of the things that makes me beam is searching for that perfect rock, stone or pebble to bring home and display. I am a rock hound (an amateur rock and mineral collector). The whole earth is made of rocks and minerals. Inside the earth there is a liquid core of molten rock and on the outside there is a hard crust.
Gavin thrilled me when he brought me three, unique colored pebbles from Sweden this summer. Truth be told, I found them on the bottom of the sole of his shoe. I am still convinced that he purposely embedded them so I would find them! I was extremely excited when I located them. Gavin thought I was a little too excited but you need to remember I had waited sixteen years for him to send me one. Instead he thoughtfully brought them to me in person. Seek and ye shall find.
I took Gavin to view Lake Superior on his first journey to America. We had a wonderful time. He looked down and found a heart-shaped rock from the shore line and presented it to me. It was made into a necklace and I wear it daily. Minnesota designated Lake Superior agate as its official state gemstone in 1969.The history of Lake Superior agates traces back to about a billion years ago. The North American continent began to split, creating a large rift valley, and lava welled up in the area of what is now Lake Superior.
One of my favorite keepsakes is pipestone. It is the sacred red clay stone that American Indians use for making prayer and cermonial pipes. It is found in only a few places in the world. The best quality pipestone comes from southwestern Minnesota. It ranges in color from pale pink to brick-blood red. It normally has small lighter spots that are refered to as “stars” scattered throughout. Pipestone is smooth to the touch. It can be easily carved. On June 21, 1999, I was in SW Minnesota at the Pipestone National Monument. I was bound to a wheelchair at that time. A medicine man named Crazy Wolf gave me a blessing with his peace pipe made of pipestone. He presented me with a small turtle carved out of pipestone. He told me to remember, “Everything comes from the Father up above“. In 2011, Gavin and I visited this same area. Here is a photo of him in front of the Pipestone Quarry at Pipestone, Minnesota. If you have never been, I highly recommend you visit.
There are many common names for rocks and they usually give you an idea of how big the rock is. Here are a few.
mountain – huge, giant hunk of rock that is still attached to the earth’s crust, doesn’t move.
boulder – large, taller than a person.
rock – large, you could get your arms around it or a bit smaller but it is usually jagged,broken off a bigger piece of rock.
river rock – round rocks that are along the edge & at the bottom of fast-flowing rivers.
stone – medium, you could hold it in two hands.
pebble – small, you can hold it with two fingers,usually rounded, could get stuck in your shoe to bring to America for Rosie!
I am ending this post now to take a walk on this beautiful Minnesota evening. I always look down in search of that perfect stone, do you? Anyone reading this that also enjoys searching for “rocks” let me know. I would enjoy hearing about your collection or perfect find!