Madison ROCKS! Community Fun for Everyone
Your banker rocks. Your orthodontist rocks. Your teacher rocks. Your kid’s friend rocks. Madison, MS rocks!
Paints, hides, finds, and posts-about rocks, that is.
A kindness craze is gently sweeping through communities all over the United States. Rock painting groups such as the one brought to Madison by Denee’ Cannon, a mother in Madison, MS, are spreading fun and joy to communities simply by prettying up some rocks and hiding them for someone else! She and Leah Slater, also of Madison, joined their two Facebook pages together to help unify the local movement and it is building steam, allowing young and old, child and professional, to get involved in this low-key and easy to access project.
Denee’ brought this to the area after being in Saint Simons Island, Georgia, earlier this year. She says, “that’s where we learned about the rock hiding and painting game! My family had such a wonderful time painting and hunting and hiding rocks that my son (Carter, 6) asked me to start the same game in Madison. So when we came back to Madison in March, I started a FB page (then in June, we combined pages with Leah’s page).” Another Madison mom, Kim Airhart, contacted local media outlets to help spread the word, and the game has caught on all over the city. The rules are pretty simple. Just paint a rock and write #madisonMSrocks on the back of it with a permanent marker. Hide it somewhere around town and post a picture of the rock and a clue to the #madisonMSrocks Facebook page. Be on the lookout for these painted (and sometimes cleverly decorated) beauties and if you find one, post a picture to the Facebook page to let everyone know you found it. Give a clue to where you will re-hide it to help continue this community scavenger hunt continue.
The benefits of playing the game are varied. Painting the rocks themselves can be a relaxing, almost therapeutic, activity. Parties can pop up around the activity as well! And hiding them, posting about it, and always being on the watch for new rocks is something that the whole family can do together. Kids as young as two can even get into the spirit of the game. And there are other, more heart warming benefits that can be gained from this community game, says Denee’. “I’ve heard stories of children who found a rock on their playground and it brightened their day… or when the child had to go to the doctor and found a rock, it made them ‘feel better.’ It’s a great way to lift spirits and spread kindness!”
In a world of too many dividing lines, a community-wide game such as this is a breath of fresh air. (And, pssst. It doesn’t have to stay in Madison! This would be a fun activity for any group to spread to their own community!) Businesses are also getting a fun shout-out by getting into the spirit of the game as well. Go check out the Facebook page by searching #madisonMSrocks to get ideas and get inspired. Let’s ROCK and roll and have some fun together!
Leah O’Gwynn Kackley is a mom to three and wife to Jason and lives in the Rez/Fannin area.