When Stevie Wonder wrote, sang, and performed his mega hit -” I just called to say ” I love You” he had no way of knowing how the idea of calls to loved ones could continue to bring such comfort. No ” wonder” … the loved ones have passed away.
How many times, I remember wanting to call my mother, soon after she passed, when something good happened-I still wanted to make her proud and in those few seconds it took for reality to kick into my consciousness, I felt sadly isolated and alone.
Corey Demback first heard about the idea of a Wind Phone -created in Japan out of the 2011 devastating tsunami, from the news. Survivors started flocking to a small phone booth high on a hill, put there months earlier by a man who wanted to talk to a loved one who had died of cancer.
For all the lost souls who the sea never returned, that “Telephone of the Wind” became one of the few places to offer a kind of inexplicable solace.
When Dembeck heard about it, it stuck for reasons he still doesn’t know. ” I just thought it would be perfect now and as far as I know, at the time, there wasn’t one I knew of in the United States.
It makes no logical sense, to dial a phone connected to nothing and yet for countless families… speaking their grief aloud and to the wind seems to offer a kind of connection that heals.
Erin Sylvester , who lost a daughter, thinks that one of the most dangerous things one can do is keep one’s feelings locked up inside.
Something so simple, an old rotary phone in a tree, it’s just crazy how much impact it has made. ” Just called to say I Love You!”
So until tomorrow…Whispers in the Wind -you might not hear them… unless you listen.
Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh
My grandchildren’s maple trees, now turned red, and more fall beauty in my garden