Each summer in Maine I would paint a rock for him. For us. This Tuesday would mark the 9th summer of our meeting. In feng shui practice 9 signifies infinite luck and goodness. That is why the Chinese grocery store chain in America chose “99 Ranch Market” for its name. If one 9 is good luck then double 9’s is even better, right? I painted both sides of the rocks. Only one heart stone remains unpainted.
This summer’s rock is yet to be found. However, in order to celebrate the significance that June 24th holds for me, I will be spending the night at the Balance Rock Inn over in Bar Harbor. It was a favorite place of ours. Maybe I will find a rock on the beach there. What will I write on that rock? Maybe “goodbye”. Perhaps “forever”. Quite possibly “free” with a butterfly on the other side. Scott called me his rock. Maybe I am the rock this year. If I am, this summer surely must be painted onto an open heart instead of a stone heart if I am to go forward Liam Neeson-style. I’m hoping that some of the Balance Rock will rub off on me this week.