Painting the rock

24 Aug

I was recently looking through old pictures on my laptop and came across a few of me and Sebastian painting “the rock.” It was one of Sebastian’s last nights before heading back to Germany and still one of my favorite memories.

The rock is located on Front Campus at Kent State University, and painting it has been a long-standing tradition for students. Greek organizations started the tradition of painting the rock in the 1930s, and since then, it’s been covered with many layers of paint.

On most days, the rock displays a fraternity symbol or sorority achievement. Sometimes it’s promoting an upcoming sporting event, and I’ve even witnessed people painting it for their engagement photos. Occasionally, though, there will be something painted on the rock that only means something to the ones that painted it.

The particular night we painted the rock, it was late and most people were downtown partying (after all, it was the night before graduation). We didn’t really have a plan as to what we were going to paint. We ended up drawing a bunch of random words on it. Sebastian painted a giant German flag. We laughed and had an absolute blast.

The following morning, I noticed our masterpiece had already been covered by some fraternity symbol, but it didn’t matter. For me, it was one of those moments where you realize how easy it is to be with the other person. And Sebastian must have felt the same way because the next night he asked me to be his girlfriend. I know, super cheesy, but if you can’t paint a giant rock together and have an awesome time, you’re probably not meant to be.

To all my Kent State peeps out there, have you ever painted the rock?

5 Responses to “Painting the rock”

  1. msidebot 08/24/2012 at 9:22 am #

    I’ve never painted the rock. But I have had the rock painted for me. Some of my friends painted it for my birthday, during finals week, as a surprise. It was pretty awesome to drive by and see a ‘happy birthday’ message to me on it! Since everyone was moving off campus and studying, it lasted for about a week. You have to love the long standing tradition of that rock on front campus!!

    • The Wild Child 08/24/2012 at 9:25 am #

      That’s awesome! What a fun birthday surprise :-) And luckily it lasted more than a few hours! I think it’s cool that everyone has a different story to tell about the rock.

  2. Spreading Travelitis 08/24/2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Hey Mary Jo!
    Glad things are going well! :) I painted the rock this year on my birthday with my friends and it was definitely a memorable Kent State experience! We wrote some fun Rihanna lyrics “Cake Cake Cake” for my bday :)

    Heather Thomas

    • The Wild Child 08/24/2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Hey there! I didn’t realize people painted it for their birthdays. Love it! I love reading all your California updates and travel posts! What an exciting time for you :-)

  3. Uncle Bob 08/25/2012 at 12:53 am #

    You two sure know how to have fun and enjoy each other – Hang to what you have and don’t let go!!! Love Ya!!!

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