An Operation Desert Storm Des Moines County Rock that Dave Scott brought to The Mix on Friday morning
Rockin’ The Mix
Dave Scott made my day. He brought in a very well done patriotic Desert Storm rock that he’d been hanging onto for a few days. Jason then hid the rock in the studio for me to find when I came in. I love it. Thanks, Dave and Jason. I have no idea who the artist is, but I thank that person as well. You did a great job on the rock.
Here’s a Desert Storm patch as a reference:
Desert Storm, part of the first Gulf War, was definitely a scary time as a 9-year-old. It certainly did bring people together though. I remember it started on my mom’s birthday in January of 1991. We lived in Bettendorf in the Quad Cities at that time. Flag pins really took off and became very popular for quite a while, with kids and adults alike wearing them daily.
So, the rock reminds of family, community, togetherness, love of country, and incredible sacrifices people have made for us.
I will relocate this very special rock in the Mississippi Valley Veterans Memorial out Division Street in West Burlington as soon as I get a chance. [Update: I placed the rock there Friday evening — not on the wall or in the grass.]
Meaning behind the rocks — why do people paint and hide rocks?
This would vary per person, of course. You read my story about the Desert Storm rock. The rocks are done so that a story like that can be replicated for many people and situations. Rocks may show up around the pond at the hospital, for example. Imagine how that might make someone who is ill feel — or their family from two states away that needed a break. You can read more in my original article from Monday — including a link to the Des Moines County Rocks Facebook page that will make it easier for you to get involved: Des Moines County Rocks!
I love seeing any of the rocks that people leave around the community. Despite there being plenty out there, it took over three months of Des Moines County Rocks for me to notice one — a single rock at Big Muddy’s last week. That could be a metaphor for life, right? If you keep your head down too much, you may not notice what’s right in front of you. To that extent, one of the messages of Des Moines County Rocks could be: wake up — life hasn’t left you behind.
It’s really neat to see rocks that evoke a feeling, a memory, or symbolism — a rock like the Operation Desert Storm rock can do all three… That’s quite a bit for a painted rock.
I think the rocks are like apps… there’s a rock for that. Any given rock could make you smile or laugh, remember something, or even trick your mind into telling you what you’re missing (wake up). Many of the rocks are just for fun. People of all ages paint, hide, and find the rocks, and rocks like Halloween pumpkins and spiders, ice cream cones, and balloons are out there. You can see that earlier article again for some rocks that I found last weekend.
There’s also fun in the soap opera of the rocks — seeing where a given rock shows up next. Some of the rocks end up with enjoyably lengthy storylines of being hidden and found quite a few times before they finally get kept or lost… That’s quite a bit for a painted rock.
Speaking of fun rocks and soap operas, I still haven’t seen Dawn Bowman’s Hamburger Helper Glove. I hope he didn’t fall off a cliff in a plane like Maria Santos or go floating down a river like Tad Martin. If I ever see that one, he’s probably going to make himself at home in The Mix studio.