Everybody needs a rock (or glass)

Did you ever see those artificial worry stones, flat and polished with an indentation for your thumb already cut and pre-worried? They disappoint me — they look like alien thumbprints, no whorls or ridges, and I think there must not be any oceans on that planet.

See, I prefer a worryglass: a curved shard of a bottle thrown into the ocean and broken and blunted. “A little peace,” said the person who gave it to me. It could have been “piece,” but “peace” is smoother and curved like the glass and the hollow of a hand. And think: with a worryglass, a whole big stormy ocean has worried before you. The glass is porous with it. If you hold it up to the light, you can see it glitter. After the ocean, the worryglass can surely welcome the pressure of your thumb. Even I couldn’t wear down a worryglass; my worry is small in comparison.

So. How do you find a good rock — or glass, as the case may be? A rock that fits you, that a mouse won’t eat? In Everybody Needs a Rock, Byrd Baylor lays out 10 tips for finding the perfect rock, something you can touch a thousand times a day if you like. But I can’t tell you where my worryglass came from, or who gave it to me or why. That’s the rule. {h/t Lisa}

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Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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3 Responses to Everybody needs a rock (or glass)

  1. Rebecca says:

    Well, yes, but just be sure to think twice before you wish upon it. Remember what happened to poor Sylvester. 😉

    (See Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig.)

  2. Amy says:

    Ooh, yeh. Forgot about him. Definitely notsogood. Thanks for the warning 😉

  3. Tina says:

    And, of course, there’s Anansi annd the Moss-Covered Rock- not so good – but in Rocks in Head, they lead to a really cool job.

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