Charles and I were in Ireland a year ago. He had a meeting for a couple days in Dublin, extended his itinerary, I tagged along, and we made a great vacation out of it!
It was one year ago today, during one of Charles' meeting days, that I took a little side trip down to Dalkey with Randy, the son of one of Charles' colleagues. We walked down through the village, along the water, up through a residential area and up Killiney Hill.
At the top of Killiney Hill is an obelisk and a "wishing stone." Supposedly if one walks around each of the levels of the stone and then makes a wish at the top while looking toward Dalkey village, the wish will come true.
I had a momentary internal debate about my wish. It was fruitless to wish for something that I knew wouldn't come true, so why bother? But then again that's what wishes are for, aren't they? No one will ever criticize you for wasting a wish. So I wished.
Randy had gotten a head-start on me, and since I accidentally did one of the levels twice (oops!), he was already back on the ground and taking a photo of the stone just as I was making my wish. He said he'd send it to me if my wish came true.
Well...one year later... I've got the photo.