BERLIN - As she pointed to the pink rock with green strips Saturday morning, 12-year-old Angela Robinson admitted that her mother had come up with the inspirational saying on it.
“Love is not only heart, it’s about loving yourself,” Angela’s rock proclaimed in pastel colors.
At Saturday’s Kindness Rocks Project at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Angela and her mom, Renee Belz, were able to create something lasting that would inspire others.
The two were also able to find something creative to do, since their hometown of East Haddam was kind of quiet, Angela said. “Where we are there is nothing out there so we find crafts and things to do where we can. I like this; it’s pretty cool.”
The week before, the library had celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week by forgiving overdue book fines for those who brought in nonperishable food for the local food pantry.
Saturday’s project, which gave visitors a chance to decorate stones that will left in visible places to inspire people who find them was the culminating event of the week, said Anne Henriquez, who arramges programming for adults and teens for the library.
“We started celebrating kindness week last year by doing the food for fines and a card-making program,” Henriquez said. The cards were given to people in nursing and others who needed some cheer.
This year, Henrquez decided to explore the national Kindness Rocks Project in hopes of giving people a chance to inspire others.
“The idea is to spread kindness, love and encouragement,” Henriquez said. “Once you have completed your rock, you take it with you and put it somewhere.”
The project started in 2015 in Massachusetts and has spread throughout the world.
Those who create the rocks are encouraged to leave them in a place where they will be seen but not a hazard. Each rock is painted a solid color with non-toxic paint that doesn’t bleed when wet and then messages of love and hope and other designs are put on the stones with markers filled with paint.
The rocks are then sealed so the message doesn’t disappear with time.
“I love the idea,” said Berlin resident Betsy Piskorski, who was in process of decorating her rock. “I was on a walk with a friend and we saw one of the rocks at Pistol Creek.”
She chose “If there is a difference between right and kind, be kind” as her theme.
“So many people want to be right,” she said. “It’s so much better to be kind, especially in these times.”
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.