When the Stoic One and I were in Arizona, we picked up to geodes to bring to Italy for our young friends. A geode is a rock that is hollow inside but will often have an interesting crystal formation. The boys are always in trouble for breaking things, so I thought this was a great opportunity for them to take a hammer and whack something. It was hilarious and caused quite a stir. The nuns who live in the building next to Antonietta had to come out and see what we were doing.