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Pet rock is now pebble of a memory
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

June 25. 2013 10:31AM
I had to giggle to myself when the email came in about an upcoming pet rock craft at the library.

You see, I’m a former pet rock owner.

Around the time I was in the third grade – 1973 to be exact – a classmate of mine came to school with a box of rocks. I remember the box of rocks being a big deal on the playground, and how in the days to follow, many of my classmates and I broke open our piggy banks to buy a rock, not just any rock, mind you, it was a pet rock.

Now let’s be honest. A pet rock, simply put, is nothing but a rock.

I don’t recall painting my rock or even what I named it. I do remember giving it a good home in a small cardboard jewelry box lined with a tissue.

I didn’t take it for walks or to the beach for a swim. That could’ve proved to be deadly for the rock, well because, rocks don’t swim – they sink to the bottom. And taking a rock for a walk would be about as exciting as watching grass grow.

I don’t remember exactly how much Patti, the young entrepreneur charged us for our rocks. I suppose we parted with a quarter or so, which was big money back then. That was the days of penny candy, so 25 cents warranted a good-sized bag of dentist-fearing sweet treats.

When you think about it, Patti was actually the smart one in all of this. She likely plucked the box full of rocks from the shores of St. James Lake, cleaned them up a bit and decided to cash in on her not-so-smart classmates. And I imagine she laughed all the way to the bank – or the candy store – for that money-making idea.

Speaking of pet rocks, Siouxland Libraries is sponsoring a free Pet Rock Make-and-Take Craft for kids this week. Elementary school-aged children are invited to drop in from 2:30 to 4 p.m. this Friday, and decorate a pet rock with craft supplies on hand at the Brandon Community library. Preschoolers may participate with parental assistance and groups of 10 or more should schedule a start time by calling 582-2390.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are disposable razors, paper towels, bottled juice, pizza sauce, baking supplies and cookie mixes. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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