Life in Inanimate Objects

I have been doing layouts for them off and on for most of my life and I have discovered that no matter how well proof-read or how many people have reviewed a layout before it goes to the printer, it invariably comes back with a glaring error.

Along with this I have become convinced that inanimate objects are neither inanimate or lifeless. I don’t tell many people that because they think I’m nuts.

I did not fully realize the extent of these unexpected life sources until a couple of summers ago when I built a couple of rock retaining walls. I decided to dry stack the rock which meant that I would use no mortar. I had never built a rock wall before but I knew the walls needed to be laid well.

I wasn’t far into the project when I discovered that the rocks were talking to me. Most of them gave me very helpful suggestions, but some could be quite peevish. Interestingly, the medium and large sized rocks as well as the very small gravels knew their merits and told me where they would fit best for both beauty and structure. It was the smaller rocks - those not quite medium in size - that were often a notable pain in the butt. They usually insisted that their place was on the front face, often arguing with me and sometimes doing it so vociferously that it turned larger rocks silent and recalcitrant. To the larger rocks’ credit, however, they usually got over it quickly and joined with me again in the building effort.


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