reveilles and I went to visit some friends in Shrewsbury for a weekend-long party this past weekend. Since Saturday morning tends to be a slow time during their parties, we were originally planning on going to Davis' Mega Maze to wander through a corn maze (or is that a maize maze?). However, Hurricane Ivan made this seem like a bad idea to us.
After thinking about this, I said to reveilles, "Since we can't go to the corn maze, we should go to Kittredge." Kittredge Equipment is a kitchen supply store that has a warehouse near our friends' house. reveilles found it quite amusing that I would think that walking around a kitchen supply store would be a fun replacement for walking around a corn maze. Still, we ended up getting a pizza peel, which we had wanted for a while. I want to name it Emma.
Our friends gave us a wedding present: a 42-pound piece of granite. This is a tradition going back over 20 years. It all started when our friend Tom used to have parties at his house. A few people decided to take a break and go to the nearby reservoir. One of them, Mike, decided it would be a fun idea to carry back a rock to Tom's house so large that Tom wouldn't be able to carry it out of his house on his own. They quickly decided that carrying a rock that large would be too much work, so they carried back a 42-pound piece of granite, put it in a pillow case, and left it in place of a pillow on Tom's bed for him to find. After Tom found the rock, he decided he needed to give it back to Mike. The next event where enough of Tom's friends would be together to make this worthwhile was at a conference in Washington D.C. Tom realized that the fact that he and Mike were driving down together would make surprising Mike with this gift a challenge. So Tom drove to Connecticut so he could give the rock to another friend who was also going to the conference. On the last day of the conference, Tom went to her car, took the rock out, and replaced Mike's pillow with the rock. Since then, the rock has been passed around many times in interesting and surprising ways. One person who was given the rock had an apartment where pets were not allowed and she often complained about how she wanted a cat. Before she was given the rock, someone painted a cat on it. You can still see the cat, but it is quite faded. The rock was once baked into a cake before it was given as a present. In recent years, the rock has been given to people to celebrate important events in their lives1: getting engaged, getting married, having children, etc. Since reveilles and I were recently married, our friends decided we needed to be given the rock as a present. Thus, reveilles and I now have a 42-pound piece of granite in our living room.
1 The last time the rock was given as a present was over four years ago. The people who received the rock liked the rock and decided they wanted to keep it. Our friends called them up before the party this past weekend and demanded that they return the rock so we could receive it (lucky us). When we were given the rock, we were told that we do not own the rock, we are only its caretakers until it needs to be given again as a present.