Sharing Wishbones

As I waited for my appointment today at my hair salon,  I read Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine.   On a page introducing home and gift items, I found an interesting gold wishbone. The contributor stated that the foot long wishbone is a wonderful conversation starter as it sits on her coffee table.

A woman sat down next to me and we started talking about the intriguing wishbone. Within a minute, she shared that she was a widow and that her husband had died suddenly.  She continued that a friend had asked her what she will miss about her husband and their life together. Her response: “sharing wishbones”.  I inferred that to them it symbolized their hopes, dreams, and wishes for their personal lives and their future together.  She stated that she now will start keeping wishbones, with the wish that someday she will have another to share them with.

It reminds me of a book that I enjoyed:   Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments.  The people we meet and speak to in our everyday world can make a meaningful difference in living life fully.  We just need to listen.

I think I’ll roast a chicken for tonight’s dinner for my husband and I.