My memory to share today involves rocks and imaginative play. My kids were playing store the other day and it made me remember something that I've remembered from time to time over the years. I'm pretty sure my brother would be the only one to verify the factualness of these events.
I remember when I was young my brother and I would play store with rocks outside. We would take crayons out and find big rocks and write what type of merchandise they were. For instance, one might say microwave, one might say radio, etc. Then we would use smaller rocks as money (not sure if we wrote amounts on them or not.) We would take turns using our "money" and deciding what we wanted to buy.
It sounds incredibly dorky, but we lived out in the country and weren't inundated with useless toys, so we kind of had to make our own fun where we could. Much different than these days when you can buy play money at the dollar tree. When my kids were playing store, I was going to tell them they could use rocks as money and one of them held up these big fake play coins they had and said, "but we have money to play with." Ah, yes... hard times our kids live in.