Hey you playful soul!!!
Yes, I am talking to you!
Today is May 18, 2020 and do I have a fun little offering for you!
Make a wish!
Yes, you heard me right…make a wish!
When was the last time you had a wish you wanted to have come true?
I personally enjoy making wishes all the time. They are fun and whimsical and we all need a little of that sprinkled through out our day.
I grew up making wishes with my grandmother’s on wishbones from whatever chicken or turkey they had cooked. They would let these bits of bone dry out on the window ledges above their kitchen sinks.
As I’ve grown, I have followed much of the same playful tradition and even gone so far as to acquire a silver wishbone from my Muzzy that permanently sits on a shelf above my sink along with dried wishbones at the ready for wish making with my children.
When you make a wish on a wishbone, the wisher who breaks the bone and has the larger piece is thought to have their wish granted.
The winner can give their wish to someone else or keep it for themselves.
The wishbone symbolized hope for the future and good luck.
The wishbone-breaking game originated with the Etruscans, an ancient Italian civilization who thought birds to be future-predicting oracles. Whenever the Etruscans killed a chicken, they would keep the wishbone and set it out in the sun to dry. People passing by would then pick up the bone and rub it while making wishes upon it. This is where the wishbone gets its modern-day name.
This tradition passed on as cultures began to travel and blend.
Mankind is inherently hopeful and forever finding ways to generate good luck!
The rules are simple: Two people each hold tight to either side of the bone, and at the ready signal they simultaneously pull to split the bone apart as they silently make a wish. Once the bone is broken, whoever is left holding the larger piece wins the game and gets their wish granted.
The physics behind wishbone breaking is simple.
As Newton’s Third Law of Motion states – every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Considering the action of wishbone breaking as the wishbone will break in half when the force of action is greater than the force of reaction or when the mutual tug from both players is greater than the bone’s ability to hold itself together.
Some would argue that standing still and letting your opponent do all of the work is the key to success.
This was the trick that was taught to me by my Grandma Hope and one I employ not only when making a wish on a wishbone but in much of life…
I just sort of relax and allow life’s processes to flow, whatever that process may be and generally…the outcome is favorable.
No point trying to force anything…
Including a wish!!!
Yet you do have to make them!!!
After all – an unbroken wishbone is only the promise of luck that is still yet to come.
But I happen to agree with Francesca Lia Block,
“Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.”
Regardless of your beliefs, what does it hurt to make your wish and hope for the future? If nothing else, it puts a playful smile on people’s faces and we all could use a little more of that as we go about our days!
So what is your wish for today?!
Good Luck and I hope it comes true!
As always,Go in love,