Ecuador – A search for lupine images took me back to a post, Twenty-One Wishes, which I wrote last year while helping friends in Mindo’s cloud forest. The title referred to the 21 shooting stars that blessed my pre-dawn hours in August. Seeing the post allowed me to reflect on images – from the handsome Black-Striped Sparrow to the lupines near Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak and to the memorial for my dear friend Marta. I also noted the comments, which were unanswered but greatly appreciated during that time.
Thanks to all of you who faithfully followed those stories during that 15-month period – especially when the earthquake hit – and I was offline most of that time. I apologize again for causing great worry when your queries went unanswered, until I was able to send a smoke signal that I was hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter. Manabi Earthquake -First Report
What burned strongest today when I pondered the post and the word ‘Wish,’ was a song by Trevor Hall called Wish Man.
Enjoy the story he tells before singing the song, and ponder, ‘What’s your wish?”
“Down by the bayou,
Down by the bayou, I saw
Good things inside you
Good things inside you, they call
Into my memories of old,
Tell me what you know!
I saw a man there,
I saw a man and sat down
I shook his hand there
I shook his hand,
he laughed loud
And put a question to my heart
A question, oh, so sharp”
I marveled at his story, as he could have ignored the man when asked, “Hey Wish Man, what’s your wish?’ – but he didn’t. He stopped and gave the man respect, which prompted a profound interaction – one that inspired a great song. Continue reading