First the note – I have the Idol recap written, but events have taken precedence. To wit:
Wednesday’s Happiness Wish is very personal to me. One of my longest and dearest friends, whom I’ve known since college, suffered the loss of his youngest child over the weekend. She was born with Trisomy 18, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it still tears one up to hear of it. So so sad for him and his wife. They have two older children as well to think of, both of an age to be aware and form lasting memories of this hard time. My Wednesday wish is for them, for healing and consolation.
For Thursday, my wish is happier. We have a number of mothers who work in my building, and one was picked up here by her husband, and her two young daughters came rattling through. They were sunshine in dresses – happy, curious, friendly. They borrowed some dry-erase markers from a few people around the office, and when I left they were in one of the conference rooms, doodling on the big board while Mom finished up her tasks. I wish them happiness.
Today – how can it be anything but the terribly-suffering people of Japan? The aftershocks from the quake are approaching 7.0 on the Richter Scale, with the main quake last night (our time) hitting 8.9. The video has been wrenching. I’m stretching the premise here because happiness is not the proper wish, but I wish them well – I wish their safety and protection and that their loved ones will be found alive and unhurt when it’s over.
All this wishing has had one good tangible effect thus far. I came into the office this morning and found that the two girls had returned my dry-erase marker. To be honest, I would probably not have missed it for a while, nor blamed them if in their excitement they left it in the conference room. That’s what kids often do; their minds fill quickly with the immediate, with the next exciting thing, and they lose what was just past. It was somehow so dear to find the marker back in its place, and it really made my morning.