The Wish Tree

My friend Dana and I drove into Atlanta last weekend to check out the annual Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in the United States.  I expected to see many national and local authors, a few writing workshops, lots of books, live music and some amazing local food demonstrations.  What I did not expect to see was the “Wish Tree,”  a low limbed Magnolia dotted  with dangling white tags scrawled with wishes from passers-by.  It was a popular spot at the festival, with many wandering around under the leafy canopy reading, laughing and looking inspired.  One of my favorites was a wish for “peace, love and shoes” because, well….I love all three!    

There were wishes of the fearless…

Some were playful and romantic.

A  wish from far away lands.

Some wishes were very wise.

Which made this one especially important.

There was a touching tribute.

 And the wishes that inspired.

Plus the universal childhood wish:

And finally….

Me too!


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