The rules for kicking a stone are simple and inflexible.
1. You can't do a foot-shift before kicking. You have to arrange your stride in advance to be in the right position to kick with the appropriate foot.
2. There's no re-placing a stone. If it goes into the rough (i.e., the grass or the gutter), you're out of the game.
That's all. And with these rules laid down, how long can you last, kicking a stone? Half a block? I used to be pretty good at it, but lately my aim is dicey. The stone is as likely to go to the right as to the left—and either of those is more likely than a straight shot that will send the stone forward on the sidewalk where it will stop and wait for my next available foot. A pine cone works in a stone-free environment. Don't use a stone so big that it damages your toe. Do I have to remind you not to kick a stone if you're wearing sandals?
Copyright 2011 Ann Tudor