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.