When Wishes Build a Community

Life is so interesting the way ideas weave in and out like plumes of smoke drifting in a breeze. Connections happen by circumstance. Often times we are the catalyst for others’ reactions or actions, but are never aware of it. There are the stupendous times when the spiral of events unfolds because each cog in these special wheels turns back to share.

Here is our unraveled story. You will remember Beth M. Howard; the Pie Lady was our guest. We took her to Szimpla Kert, a ruins pub. Now Beth’s piece…

Wish tree Beth“Remember when you took me around the Jewish district and we went into the ruins bar and I took a photo of the wishing tree? I posted it on Instagram and a woman asked me for more details. And now she has a whole tree going, a FB page for it and was even on the news! All because you took me to that bar in Budapest. So when you feel troubled about what is happening there with the migrants, please know there are still little glimmers of love and peace and hope out there. I am keeping all of those homeless people in my prayers. I wish I was still there so I could help. Here is her FB page for the Wishing Tree:”

Well, of course, I wanted to see the photo that kick-started this project. Following the (pie crust) crumbs the trail led me to the Facebook page of Deb Johnson Nies where she posted this:

“Today, The Waunakee Tribune stopped by to take a few pictures and ask a few questions about the Wishing Tree – Waunakee

Deb's Wishing Tree

Deb’s Wishing Tree

Additionally, I had a message/wish from the lovely lady who inspired this whole quest, Beth M Howard of The World Needs More Pie (you HAD to know somehow PIE would be involved, right?)

Beth recently returned from a whirlwind adventure called: WORLD PIECE: Making pie around the world to promote cultural tolerance, Summer 2015. She snapped the below picture of the Wish Tree in Budapest (YOKO ONO!) and shared it on Instagram…and voila! That’s where the idea originated.
www.theworldneedsmorepie.com I hung your wish today, Beth! (heart emoticon) XO”

Beth's wish on the tree

Beth’s wish on the tree

Beth in turn responded with this note on Deb’s FB comment: “Beth M Howard LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! You are the inspiration, Deb! I want to thank Ron Schmitz and Ryan James for hosting me in Budapest and taking me to the place where we saw the wishing tree. So grateful to see something like this taking hold during a time of such turbulence in the world. I can’t wait to see all the messages grow. Also, I love that you chose a fruit tree (pie!!) that had been struck by lightning. So symbolic. XO”

The idea plume drifted from Budapest to Iowa to Waunakee, Wisconsin. Where to next?

The world does indeed need more pie. Make mine friendship pie, inspiration pie, creativity pie, and open-my-heart-to-others pie. Okay, a blueberry pie would be nice too. Hear that Beth?

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.