Wishing and hoping

8 Nov


If you are a follower of this blog’s Facebook page then it comes as no surprise that I have just returned home from a two-plus-week journey to Japan.

And I’ve got the (already posted) food pics to prove it.

What you don’t know is that a rather serious ailment came close to ruining things. Not mine, but my companion’s, who in this case happens to be the woman that I am married to. Every day of the trip required a Herculean effort on her part to keep going. I know for a fact that a lesser malady would have sidelined me.

The truly unfortunate thing is that traveling to Japan was her dream adventure, not mine. She had literally been planning this trip ever since she was a girl. To see her fall ill at such a moment wasn’t merely heart wrenching, it was crushing.

Not long before leaving for home we took a short stroll through the grounds of a Buddhist temple nearby our hotel in Kyoto. Housed in an open-air pavilion was a large gold-colored ball known as a “wishing precious stone.” You’re invited to write a wish on one of the many round cards provided and hang it on a kind of trellis along with all the other wishes. But first you’re to put a hand on the giant ball and circle around it three times, keeping contact with the ball’s surface at all times.

Trust me when I say this: I am not the kind of man who pays any attention to this kind of thing. And yet, there I found myself scribbling down a wish that she would be well again and walking around a big gold ball three times—in broad daylight and for all to see.

As I circled the ball I told myself not to be greedy. If there actually was something to this wishing thing, my bet was that it couldn’t be an immediate fix kind of arrangement. And so I found myself thinking that I’d settle for a more reasonable, gradual recovery, say 24 hours for every time I walked around the ball.

That was around three days ago. This morning I learned that a great deal of the ailment has passed.

I’m only hoping that the precious stone understands that when I asked for my wife to be well again, I meant for it to be permanent.

6 Responses to “Wishing and hoping”

  1. lucille garone November 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    Hope she is “all” well…..so sorry that she had to be sick on her dream trip…..welcome home to both of you. ?? ________________________________

    • Nellie November 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

      The universe heard you and understands , continue to have faith
      In that , thank the universe and God for each small recovery,
      I will put out my intentions for her in my meditations !

  2. Mickey in OR November 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    So sorry to hear that, Mr Meatball. I do hope Mrs Meatball fully recovers quickly and permanently. Her trip of a lifetime, and this happens.

    • Susan Jamison November 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

      Thanks for sharing that, I hope that the recovery is permanent. Such a beautiful trip, sorry to hear about the struggle behind the scenes. Prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way…

  3. Dave Blakney November 8, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

    off topic- (but best to the missus) – for that new safety razor you want “feather” brand razor blades- made in japan they are SHARP.

    • mistermeatball November 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

      Feather is what I got, both the razor and the blades.

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