Article: Sally's Prom Dress: The Box of Rocks

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By Sharon Brown on June 22, 2011

Not very many girls keep their prom dresses for 50 years, but some of us do. Mine is still wrapped in tissue paper in my cedar chest, but Sally...oh just wait till you hear what she did with hers.

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Jun 25, 2011 2:57 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
After consideration of the prom dress, I was wondering if anything else had accompanied me through life for even longer. Here's what I found:

My father was a range examiner for the US Government, working mostly in the Intermountain West. He started bringing home to me when I was a very young child. in Salt Lake City, interesting rocks that he had found in his travels, He was transferred to Washington,DC, the same month in 1958 that I started college in Ohio. Since my family was being uprooted, I was allowed a small carton to fill with whatever I wanted ( in addition to clothes, personal items, etc.)

I chose the best of the rock collection. The box followed me through several moves to Ohio, Georgia, and Indiana as a college student then young mother. It landed in a chicken coop in Texas for several years at my then-husband's parents' place as we prepared to divorce As a part of my testimony about giving up things I wanted in favor of his wishes for 13 years, I mentioned the box of rocks. The judge said something lame like "Maybe he didn't know you were interested in geology" Heck, it was my college major when we met!

The rocks were returned to me as "premarital property," stayed in the garage after II remarried, and we sold our house in the city after 30 years.. The rocks came to the farm when I retired and are spread in the garden outside the kitchen window. I doubt anyone will ever wonder how metamorphic rocks got into a Kentucky garden, but I know and now my readers do.
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
Jun 25, 2011 4:12 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Sally, each one of those rocks tells a story and I'm so glad they are preserved in your garden forever for your children and grandchildren and all your descendants to talk about.

You would get along so well with my husband. He took a geology course in college. He LOVES rocks and is always in awe when we drive home through KY and he sees all the exposed rocks where it was dynamited for 75.

Rocks ROCK Thumbs up

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Jun 25, 2011 7:13 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I think - no, I KNOW - that I love this story even more than the prom dress story.
Jun 25, 2011 7:21 AM CST
Name: Joey
fish & flowers
Ditto! Nancy! Love it! Sally! I tip my hat to you.
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Jun 25, 2011 10:34 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Rocks ROCK!!! I love that!

Sally: The Rock Keeper

Just keep right on keeping those rocks, Sally. What a great story.
Jun 25, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Oh yes, the box of rocks beats any prom dress, hands down!

You rock, Sally! Hurray!
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Jun 25, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
I never went to the prom, so I can relate more to the rocks, too, though I liked the prom dress story.

I have a box of seashells that have followed me around. I don't know how they ended up with me, but I just loved them when I was a kid. I had a seashell book and I identified as many as I could. The box itself pretty much fell apart so I don't have that anymore, but I still have the shells. Originally the shells and box were in the house that my grandparents moved into when my mom was a little kid. Whoever had lived there before had left them behind. I guess this would have been in the late '40s. Like I said before, though, I don't know how they ended up with me. I was all prepared when we went to Florida when I was 10. We went to Disney World and the beach. I preferred the beach because I could find all kinds of seashells. There are not a lot of different kinds of seashells in CA, but I have found a lot of colorful rocks and I have a couple small jars of beach glass.
Jun 28, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Sally, I'm so glad that bits of your story is being told!

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Sharon- you are doing a beautiful job!
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Jun 28, 2011 1:01 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Me too. Some of this stuff I am just now figuring out and feel so blessed to have the opportunity. With mind still intact (?)it is the flipside of dementia and is givng me time denied those who pass suddenly.
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Jun 28, 2011 1:45 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Thanks Trish.
They're Sally's words. I'm just the keyboard operator.
Jul 22, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Two great stories! Loved them! Hurray!
Oct 9, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I just added a message and a picture to this article, both from Sally's husband, Richard. I thought you might like to see it.

Best to all of you.

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