Known the story of King Midas for years. Granted his wish wasn’t he? That everything he touched would turn to gold…..It happened. His bees and his favourite food all turned to gold as he touched them.
Mythology from the past?
In November we downsized to this small but lovely flat. I sat in my new recliner chair, looked at the sunny balcony with its superb view*
Behind me, a new flat screen TV for husband to watch sport all day.
Didnt remember Midas did I? And what did I say?
“Dont think I ever want to go out from here. Wish I could just sit, gaze at this view, read all the books I never did, write blogs, and catch up on all the films I have missed. Perfect…..”
Yes. Exactly what I wished for came to pass……
And so have many other peoples wishes!
Who wished we could get rid of air pollution outside schools. Lower CO2. Stop people from flying, use cars less. Walk more?
Did you wish for more Flexible working, the chance for more people to be able to work from home?
And in my world. Been agonising for 3 years about how do we get older people using the internet? That one has has definitely happened! Older people are learning to use a tablet and smart phone. Families linking via FaceTime and Zoom. Older people getting on line for shopping and health. Community connections being set up. 85 year old friend joined our Zoom Book Group last night. Didn’t know it was this simple did we?
My grandson is a Physio like me. He works in a GP practice.We have talked for hours about how good it would be to have an initial consultation with Skype and phone to save people coming in when good advice on self care was what they needed. He told me 3 weeks ago that it had been a long term goal in their two year development plan. Now it has become the two day goal!
Hospital beds. How many times has there been a wish for more? Magic! 4000 bed hospital in 9 days!
Venice was complaining about Cruise ships and tourist boats on its canals. Wished them away. Done it. Gone! Beautiful clear water and fish in the canals.
Cambridge fed up with Chinese tourists clogging streets wished they could be stopped.
Done! Hope they are pleased?
My neighbour even got her wish: that there was some way to stop kids repeatedly coming home from school with nits…
Even more ironic?
How about our big campaigns to save the planet?
Maybe we should have a think about this? Perhaps the Planet has its own systems for saving itself?
If it gets parasitised by creatures who pollute it, waste its resources, threaten its natural cycles, maybe it has its own way of sorting the problem? Mother Nature being very firm?
A serious warning about who is actually in control of this place?
Stop it or else?
Or is that just Mythology?
PS The wish that hasn’t happened is that someone would teach us how to use a smart TV! Couldn’t that be deemed essential too?
* That green below, was where the worlds first ever International football match was played. Scotland v England. It is a venerated cricket ground now. The green keeper is mowing it lovingly every day. Enjoy watching him create his perfect stripes.