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and silly. Chil­dren wish for hover­boards and par­ents wish for their chil­dren. Some in­clude names, some in­clude dates and some are just wishes for every­one to know the plea­sure of a good, chocolate eclair.

That the tree has spent a week at a 45-de­gree an­gle, and rope­d­off from the rest of the gar­den, has been con­cern­ing but not yet heart­break­ing.

An ar­borist has as­sured mu­seum of­fi­cials that it can be re­planted — it was orig­i­nally blown over in a storm in South Florida in 2010 and re­lo­cated to St. Peters­burg — and cranes are ex­pected to pull it up­right early this week.

Mean­while, fresh wishes were safe­guarded from Irma’s fury. Hav­ing been through the drill pre­vi­ously, the mu­seum’s se­cu­rity team be­gan re­mov­ing the most re­cent rib­bons that hung from the branches as the storm ap­proached. The wishes were col­lected and held in­doors, and will re­turn to the tree as soon as it is sta­bi­lized.

“Be able to carry a baby”

The storm has long since passed, and most of us were for­tu­nate enough to have merely been in­con­ve­nienced and not up­ended by its wind and rain. Re­cov­ery is well un­der way, and per­haps fresh starts are even in the works.

For oth­ers, the chal­lenges of the storm ex­posed vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and fears that are not so eas­ily cor­rected. To them, the for­tunes of a sen­ti­men­tal tree do not, and should not, con­cern them for even one stink­ing mo­ment.

But the tree it­self is merely a sym­bol, and its roots are not im­mune to dan­ger.

The true strength rests within every one of us.

“I wish for a world at peace where my chil­dren can pur­sue all their dreams with­out fear or doubt”


The Wish Tree at the Sal­vador Dalí Mu­seum was up­rooted last Mon­day in winds pro­duced by Hur­ri­cane Irma in St. Peters­burg. An ar­borist says it can be re­planted.

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