Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fell in my lap

Driving home this week I saw a painted rock that I've seen at least a hundred times. The first time I noticed it I thought it was a cool thing to do with a rock. Then I didn't think about it, but it made me turn my head as I drove by. 

Finally, the feature writer that was sleeping in my brain woke up. I'd been to the only store in Empire for lawnmower gas. When I drove by the rock, I thought to myself, "I wonder what the story is there?" 

When I got home, I mentioned it to Jilda. She said, "You know his daughters, send one of them a note and ask if her dad would mind me shooting a picture of the rock.

I sent the note and within five minutes she'd responded. "He said he'd love to talk to you about the rock. He said if you're not busy, to come now." 

I grabbed my camera and hopped in the truck. My intention was to get a picture and enough information for a cutline for the picture. I wound up talking to the gentleman over an hour. I think it will be a remarkable story.

I won't say much more until the story is published but I will post this one once it runs.

Until then, I'm posting a picture of one of our sunflowers from a few years ago. The ones we planted this year have not bloomed yet, but they are on the cusp.


8 comments:

  1. A lot of local stories will be unearthed with you on the case at the newspaper!

    Alphie

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  2. Everyone has a story - and I am very pleased you are bringing some of them to the world.

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  3. Sorry I've been skipping blogs visits lately but my cup is overflowing with things to do. I'm looking forward to reading the story and seeing the painted rock. I painted a bunny on a rock that was shaped like a bunny and I use it as a door stop.
    Hugs, Julia

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  4. Sounds like a very interesting story for sure. I do love sunflowers and appreciate the picture...They make you feel sunny and bright just looking at them.

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  5. OK you had me again. I slowly scrolled down not to see the rock until I read the full post and BAM! A Sunflower! Cant wait to see the rock and story behind it. I have a sunflower growing right now at my kitchen window. It’s currently 5 feet tall and no flower. I watch it everyday.
    Lisa

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  6. Waiting for your story!!

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  7. I am now sitting on the edge of my chair waiting for the story of the rock. It has to be a good one.

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  8. Sunflowers give me the creeps and I don't know why they just do, I look forward to reading about the painted rock

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