Down in Virginia, in a place called New River Valley, if you were walking around you might just find yourself a painted rock on the ground. Especially if you are travelling around the town called Christiansburg.
That’s because a mother and daughter who decided they wanted to be involved with the Kindness Rocks Project. The kindness rocks project is a social media movement started by Megan Murphy in 2015 when she decided to leave the words “You Got This” written on a rock on a beach on Cape Cod. After a friend found it she started leaving more rocks with inspirational messages on them lying around.
Once the story started spreading, so did the project. It’s now a global thing, being found in many countries from The U.K., to Australia, and back here to Canada. But it started in the U.S. and that’s where Katie and Abby Mallory are, in Virginia.
Katie said she enjoys spreading this time with her daughter and spreading a little joy with others. “It’s been really fun you get to visit all these new places and you get to get a lot of fresh air, which I like,” said Abby Mallory. “Yeah, the fresh air is great. It is just a great way to spent time together and you know like she said go out and get some fresh air,” said Katie Mallory.
The idea is that when you find one you take a picture of it and post it on social media, each area has a hashtag or a Facebook group or three for it.
But it also works for practicing artistic ability, and compassion for others. It’s truly a great past time for children to be involved with. Plus it can teach them some basic concepts of responsibility.
Because you can’t, or rather, you shouldn’t leave these rocks lying around just anywhere. For example; you wouldn’t want to leave a rock on someone’s lawn, nobody wants to find a big old rock with their lawnmower. And you also shouldn’t leave them in protected park lands, as Ontario Parks pointed out to everyone last month, most paints aren’t environmentally friendly and certainly not to wildlife.
Teaching kids the difference between plastic based paints, and environmentally friendly paints, and where a good spot to leave something like this, and where not to, and why? Those are all wonderful lessons.
If you want to find out more about Katie and Abby you can take a look at some of their areas Facebook groups: #blacksburgrocks, MoCoVaRocks, and Kindness Rocks of Christiansburg. Or read about them in your Good News Story of the Day here.