“What’s the story with all these rocks”?
If you have ever visited La Hacienda, whether you were a patient or just a friend, you cannot miss all the beautiful, colorful rocks all over our campus. The rocks say many things; good bye to drugs and alcohol, good bye to deceased loved ones, intentions for the future, prayers, quotes from songs and sometimes just painted with pretty colors and designs. For the month of January we have decided to highlight the La Ha Rocks. I had grand plans to write a great article on the history of the rocks; how it started, why we do it, so on and so forth. However, La Ha has been around 40 years and although we have employees that seem to have been around that long, no one knows the official story. After more investigating it seems the significance and history of the rocks, according to the staff, is as personal and different as the rocks themselves. Also some staff I asked are alumni, like myself, and have more of a personal experience. So instead of a bunch of facts about the history of the rocks, I will be posting some of the feedback I have received. We will start with mine:
The rocks remind me of all the people that have gone on the path of recovery before me. That I am not alone. It reminds me of the work we do every day at La Hacienda. I also feel, as a patient who once painted a rock – it set an intention for my recovery and connected me to the land where my life began to change.
If you have a rock story you would like to tell – email it to me, firstname.lastname@example.org