Purple Rocks and Pond Water

(Check out the blog by the same name!)

People ask me why "Purple Rock Productions" -- what is the significance of the name?

The story has to do with being a child of an artist who was also a science teacher. At age eleven, I was terrifyingly embarrassed of everything my parents did. It didn't help that my mother worked as a science teacher in the same town we lived in!  Classmates knew her because their siblings had her as a teacher...

My mother was the kind of science teacher that would draw bugs and make up stories about them. She would squeal with delight when a student brought in any living specimens for the class to learn about. She had an extensive collection of bugs, rocks, twigs, seeds, and other items of nature. Her paintings and other artwork reflected this love of the natural world.

One day, as we were driving along a main thoroughfare in town, she stopped by the side of the road in order to collect pond water from nearby marshy area. I was aghast!  What if someone should see and recognize her or me? I slunk down in the seat of the car...

Soon after that embarrassment, we were walking in a parking lot of a local shopping center. Suddenly, she let out one of her squeals of delight. "A purple rock!", she exclaimed. "Mom!  SHHH! " I turned around to see if anyone was watching us...and THEN she bent down and picked it up!  I immediately walked away, pretending not to know the crazy lady that picked up purple rocks in public...

The two instances became a joke between us. Whenever my mother would mention purple rocks or pond water, it would cause me to roll my eyes and slink away. Then I started to appreciate her more, understanding how important nature was to her. Also, I began to understand how important one's own nature was -- to be true to oneself, no matter what others thought. Purple Rocks and Pond Water were key words to explain a whole belief system of living creatively in a world of wonders...

I sent her several purple rocks on birthdays or mother's days. They would always elicit a laugh.

Naming my company "Purple Rock Productions" was also a gift to her. She was my first teacher. She inspired my young mind as she did with so many others. The work of Purple Rock continues in this mission: to encourage, enrich and enliven young minds of all ages.

If you would like to view some of my mother's art work, go to the page entitled Mary I. Duprey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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