Cute Story that rock painters can relate to…
The Legend of Leaverite Stones
Leaverite is the most common of all stones. Some are even more than four million years old. It generally cannot be used for much because of its ugly nature. These are said to be so ugly that only Mother Earth could love them. They are truly the loneliest stones in the world.
As legend would have it, one day long ago, a little boy and his grandpa were diggin’ for gold. Each time the little boy chipped out a stone, he would show it to his grandpa and ask, “IS THIS GOLD?” His grandpa would reply, “NA, THAT’S JUST AN UGLY STONE, LEAV ‘ER RIGHT THERE”.
Later that day when the boy showed his grandpa the stones he had found he asked, “IS THIS GOLD OR IS THIS ONE OF THEM LEAV-ERITE-THERE’S”?
From that point on, the little boy and his grandpa called the lonely stones “LEAVERITES” for short.
When my husband and I go looking for rocks and stones to paint we have to dig through a lot of rocks to find good ones. Usually he will pick up a rock and say, “Is this one good?”, and I’ll say, “No, that’s a Leaverite”, and he knows just what I mean.