The first time I found a heart-shaped rock (the biggest one pictured) was when I was cleaning up around our yard. I was sure it had to be lucky because it was perfectly heart-shaped and Iâ€™d never seen one before.
Iâ€™ve always had a thing for heart-shaped objects, especially ones nature created. I considered the first one I found a rarity. For a long time it adorned my favorite flower bed and then I found another one. After finding a second one, I decided I would keep a vigilant eye out for more and try to collect them. Over the years I would spot more but none that were as perfectly shaped as the first one I found. When my daughter got older I enlisted her in my search for heart shaped rocks too. She has found many of the ones weâ€™ve collected and we remember the day and place where we found each one.
Amazingly, we continue to find them now and then. I used to think that the chances of finding heart-shaped rocks were something that could only happen once in a lifetime. Weâ€™ve found enough that my daughter used them for a Hobbies and Collections 4-H project for Achievement Days at the county fair one year.
Itâ€™s been an entertaining hobby and a fun interest to share with my daughter. When we find one, weâ€™re always excited to show it off and show each other. Our enthusiasm for finding such uniquely shaped rocks rubbed off on my husband too. He spotted a big one in the hayfield one day and scooped it up for us with the loader but when he dumped it in by the yard it broke in half. I told him I still wanted it and it would become our first â€œbroken heartâ€ rock which Iâ€™ve placed in my garden among my flowers.
Iâ€™m sure there are stranger things I could collect. I know a guy who collects rattlesnake rattles and elk teeth for example. Oh yeah, that guy would be my husband. Iâ€™ll just stick with my rocks. Â I think theyâ€™re lovely.