This post will be a trilogy of incidents which could have been answers to my
wishes. If I had three wishes, I would possibly give a Genie out of his bottle,
tough ones to carry through. They would be to end hunger, to create world
peace and to help the Earth to continue on for centuries with our scientific
knowledge. Since no genies or magicians have been coming around lately
to ask me for my supreme wisdom, I will share things within a 24 hour time
period, which to me feel like magical and serendipitous moments.
Before this, I must add the silliest but one of my favorite ‘sweet’ love songs
was playing on Mansfield, Ohio’s ‘soft and easy listening music’ radio channel:
Surprising me by how I felt so happy and uplifted, I must tell you to share, any
and all, happy songs you have heard lately. Of course, I will also let you know
this song came out written and sung by a lyricist and musician named, Willis Alan
Ramsey. His song was originally released as, “Muskrat Candlelight.”
The most frequently heard version, which I caught the other morning on my way
to work, is sung by the fun and musically lovely group, “Captain and Tennille.”
They put their version of the song, “Muskrat Love,” out in 1973. Yes, again this
was during my high school years so silly, lovesick muskrats, “Susie” and “Sam”
are permanently etched into my memory bank. Sigh!
# 1 “Wish” (Past Neighbors)
Someone who used to live in my apartment building knew me during the time
we were moving Mom to a Senior Living Apartment facility. I was emptying out
my Mom and Dad’s Lake Erie cottage. I knew her four year old daughter, Amya,
had had an adventure, going to the ocean. I had heard her grandmother talking
about redecorating her Princess bedroom into a beach themed room. I was the
benevolent neighbor, which is always so fun to be able to ‘give’ without having
to break your budget. I hauled a car load one weekend of lighthouses, nautical
knick knacks, sheets, pillow cases and pillows which were specially woven in
lighthouse and beach scenes. I love that Amya would ask her mother to turn
on the lighthouses nightly for her ‘night lights.’ The family moved out two years
ago, Amya’s mother finding ‘true love’ and marrying, then having a little brother
for Amya. We have rarely run into each other, but we hug when we do.
I had asked my three children and none of them wished to have a thing from
the lake cottage. They hold firmly onto their memories, of course.
Well, here is the happy moment to share with you. I could not have wished for
a better, simple surprise. I was in the drive-through ordering an Everything bagel,
toasted with veggie cream cheese, one of those $1 iced coffees, (Tim Horton’s
small sized ones are on sale in April) and a box of 10 salty caramel Timbits. I
did not really notice, at first, that the white car ahead of me held Amya, baby
brother Zach, Mom and Grandma in it.
The Mom leaned out and yelled, “Miss Robin!”
The Grandma was turning around and allowing Amya to get out of her seat belt,
to hang her whole body out of the car. She was giggling and cracking me up. I
am surely blessed having connected with these long ago neighbors, no longer
apartment dwellers but last time I had heard, they owned a house with the new
Daddy, Mom, Grandma “Bo,” Zach and Amya with four bedrooms. They still
were as fond of me as I was of them.
This was enough of a surprise. But, as I gave my money to the drive-thru
cashier, the young man grinned and said,
“The car ahead of you had you covered!”
I looked ahead but they were out of sight. Such a sweet gesture!
# 2 “Wish” (New Friendship)
When I got back to my apartment building, not only having picked up Tim
Horton’s but having to get over $50 of pictures picked up from Walgreen’s,
I decided to park in the back. As I got out of my car, the woman across the
hall, another grandma, was holding to both hands of her little toddler grandie,
who is named, Teddy. Teddy has been on Grandma’s hip for about 11 months,
everywhere in the building. Sometimes plunked onto the floor in the laundry
room. Patty is an easy-going person and this was the first time I had seen
little Teddy walking. They were heading towards the safest of three bridges
from our building to OWU campus. She turned to talk to me, he sat down to
pull some weeds and throw a pebble in the parking lot. I told her about my
six grandkids ‘growing up’ since I had moved here eight years ago, just 2
brief sentences, since I had also found yogurt on sale for 75 cents at the
drug store, too. Needed to get inside, out of the sunny morning.
Grandma Patty said,
“Robin, I am so hoping my grandchildren will enjoy going up and down the
hills, walking across these bridges and feeding the ducks. It has been hard
since I got divorced, knowing that I don’t have a house for everyone to get
“Everything will be fine, Patty. Trust me. This is a lovely place to have your
family visit and they may end up ‘stepping up’ to being the hosts for family
occasions. My older son and daughter even make me plates of food, ‘To go.'”
We hugged and I grabbed my five bags, one from Tim H’s and held my iced
caramel coffee in one of my hands. As I walked to the back door of the apt.
building, I again felt a wave of warmth and satisfaction wash over me.
# 3 “Wish” (Family)
My last wish to be answered today is going to happen around 5 p.m. This
will be Easter plans, postponed due to Jamie and Trista, Marley, Makyah,
Lara and Landen going to Myrtle Beach for the entire Spring Break.
We will have a traditional Easter ham, cheesy scalloped potatoes, deviled
eggs, asparagas, cookies and Nana’s Easter Egg hunt. I put dollar bills in the
green eggs, wrapped Starbursts and Tootsie Rolls in the others. The kids will
have it out in their fenced back yard. It is more of a “race” than a “hunt.”
If you had three wishes, would you go for lofty world goals?
Would you feel like asking for good health, some wealth and other personal
Let me know if you have a favorite silly love song.
Which of course leads me to remind you of Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1976
song, “Silly Love Songs.”