Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Fixing You: A Trip All Over March 7, 2013

I’ve broken a few things lately. My dearly beloved Mrs. Prickles and Flea both have holes in them so I haven’t seen them in a while. I think I killed them with kindness and the intention is for someone to sew them up before I play with them again. What a funny concept: they are getting fixed so I can kill them with kindness all over again.

If only it were that simple for the people in my life. If only when something got close-to-broken, it could be put aside for fixing by some magical resource before it is restored for future appreciation. I know from my time with people that is not how it works. People generally don’t fix things unless they’re completely broken. Well, Mrs. Prickles and Flea aren’t exactly broken in my book and yet they are on the re-assembly line. I think the people in my life could benefit from some ground-level perspective on restoration.

My pals in the blogosphere know I dance with my mom when no one is watching (at least most of the time). Well, as a result of this I have become privy to some top secret music, including (but not limited to) the CD my parents burned for a party favor at their wedding. One of the songs on there I know means a lot to my mom is “Fix You” by Coldplay. It was one of the last songs they danced to on their wedding night (she reminds dad all the time). And the lyrics pack a pretty emotional punch if you ask me.

When you try your best but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse
And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Some things aren’t worth fixing, but this song kind of stands in the way of that philosophy. And I love it. It offers hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless and power to the powerless. This too can be fixed.

I had a doggie dream last night that brought all of this to the forefront of my mind. I saw my parents blissful and happy in a foreign place. Several foreign places actually. They were explorers on some sort of journey and they were laughing. It reminded me a bit of the Safeco commercial where the couple honeymoons “all over.”

My parents never took a honeymoon. It wasn’t for any reason necessarily, but the timing and the money just didn’t come together in a way that allowed it. They went away for a few days on something my mom calls a “mini-moon” instead. I did not know them then. And I do not approve.Seven Day Restoration

So if I were ever to come across seven days and $10,000 at my disposal I know exactly what I would do. I would find some sort of mobile traveling unit like the one in the commercial, figure out a way to cancel anything and everything my parents had going on for a week, and whisk them away to a long-overdue honeymoon to “all over.” No one deserves it as much as they do and it would be the least I could do to thank them for everything they’ve done for little ole me. It would be a dream come true for this little breaker of things to fix that for the people I love more than anything.


6 Responses to “Fixing You: A Trip All Over”

  1. Susan D. Says:

    I love love love that Coldplay song!

  2. Piper Says:

    Oh Wiley, this is such a tender post – your beautiful heart is overflowing with love.
    Faith, Hope and Love. Have faith that one day you will be able to fulfill the dream of
    a mobile traveling unit because you already have expressed the hope and love. All good
    things come to those who wait I have been told.
    I have a basketful of toys, some of which I have picked out myself at the toy store.
    My favorite thing to do is attack the squeaker and kill it. I’m waiting for a new one at the moment.
    Until next time,
    Piper xx

  3. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    There has come to be a lot more to this song than meets the eye in our family.

  4. You are such a little sweet heart!!

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