The mystery of the rocks has been solved.


The mystery of the rocks has been solved.
Baffled local residents have been wondering for months who the secret rock painter was who decorated stones and left them on windowsills and in door entrances around town.
Now the enigma has been resolved as Cassy Pennington steps forward to reveal she is the creator and secret deliverer of the unique rocks.
Pennington got the idea from a story online about a resident in a town in Washington who was secretly decorating and dropping off rocks to share a kind message.
“After talking to my kids and a few friends, we thought this sounded like a fun idea,” said Pennington.

The endeavor proved to be not only a surprise and a delight for community members, but also a good way to spend extra time over the long summer vacation.
Rock painting is trending across the U.S. Parents like the fact that it is an inexpensive activity that helps children focus on creativity.
It gets them outside and teaches them the importance of spreading love and making the world a brighter place.

Pennington grew up working and playing in a ceramic shop owned by her grandmother, Tudy Basks, so creativity has been a lifelong gift which she passed along to her children.
The painted rocks trend, said Pennington, has been a creative way for the whole family to unplug from electronics and plug into their imaginations.
They design the rocks and sometimes turn to the Pinterest website for inspiration.
The family likes to paint rainbows, flowers, hearts and seasonal pictures on the stones. They also enjoy using puns.

“We made a few once that said “be a little boulder” or “you rock,” said Pennington. “Often it’s just one or two words of kindness, because the rocks are small, like SMILE or BE BRAVE or YOU MATTER or YOU ARE LOVED.
“I have seen others sharing their paintings of cartoon characters, animals, food, etc. With so many great, creative minds in the area doing this, the possibilities are endless.”
Describing herself as a “chronic optimist,” Pennington said the most rewarding thing about her work with the rocks is how happy she feels when she paints them and thinks of places to hide them.

“I love watching my daughters having so much fun with it all,” she said.
“I feel such a sense of joy thinking about the people who find these rocks.
“I really hope everyone thinks of them as a treasure.”
The message painted on the backs of the rocks is “Pass it on.” Pennington said that doesn’t just mean the rock, but more the feeling.
“If something makes you happy, you should share it,” she said. “Share the rock, share the smile it gave you, share the message. I hope when a person is finding a rock they do one of four things. Leave it, take it for their own, move it or go home and create their own art.

“They can share on any local rock hunting Facebook page where they found it or left it. I love when people share their designs before going to leave them about town.
“I believe stumbling upon a cheerful message softens hearts and does make the world a happier place.

“I also think it inspires further acts of kindness.”
Her children have seen the delight that finding a rock brings first-hand.
“They left a rock outside The Towne Pub restaurant one day and watched as a man who found it gazed at it as if it were a real treasure,” she said.
“They, like their mother, love that people’s days are being brightened by a simple rock and a message. For a world dominated by Facebook happy face emojis, seeing a genuine human smile after finding a pretty rock was a real delight for the children.”
As a wife and working mother of three daughters, Pennington doesn’t have a lot of free time, but she is committed to “paying it forward.”

“We focus too much on what divides us,” said Pennington. “Any act of kindness reminds us that we are more alike than different.
“This community has a lot of heart and a reputation for being a kind place.
“These little painted rocks are a reminder of the personality in our community.”