A nation-wide movement that has thousands of people painting and hiding rocks found its way this year to Farmington and Farmington Hills.
The goal of the Kindness Rocks Project is to share kindness and joy through positive messages meant to brighten someone else’s day. In a Youtube.com video, founder Megan Murphy explains how conversations with her late parents inspired her to drop the painted rocks on beaches near her Cape Cod, Massachusetts home.
Farmington Hills resident Faith Dew started a local Facebook group, Farmington/Hills Rocks, after seeing similar groups in other communities. More than 400 members now share stories and photos of the rocks they hide and find.
“I added all my friends, and from there it just kind of grew like crazy,” she said.
Dew said she has painted about 200 rocks since July. Some of her rocks have been found as far north as Tawas, and someone recently picked up one she left in downtown Farmington. Often, families work together on the hobby. Dew’s 3-year-old granddaughter loves to hide rocks with her.
Becky Burns, co-owner of Sunflour Bakehaus in downtown Farmington, said they’ve seen 50 to 100 different rocks left on the windowsill, in planters and landscaping in front of the store.
“They’ve been popping up outside the bakery since Art on the Grand last year,” she said.
The artwork only has to be kind and encouraging, the rocks don’t have to look pretty. Dew recommends sealing them with ModgePodge or a spray sealer after the paint dries.