Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?
The opportunity of tossing coins into a fountain failed to present itself in my case. But I had the privilege of visiting a place in Chittagong ,Bangladesh with my mother.
This was a shrine of a famous saint. There was a garden of trees with dead branches but were decked with amazing crimson red threads. I was told thousands of people visit here, they are given crimson pieces of thread to tie around one of the branches and make a wish.
Next step was to go back and untie the thread if their wish is fulfilled. I asked my mom, ‘how will I identify the thread I tied?”
“You don’t have to”she said, “you untie any thread.”
This was the time when I had just written my high school exam and was afraid of failing. My mom handed me a piece of thread and asked me to make a wish.Of course I made a wish to pass my exam.
Yes you are right I made a wish to pass my exam and luckily I was successful.. Whether I went back to untie one thread I cannot recall!
I never had the privilege of throwing three coins in the fountain, there were no fountains near where I lived to toss a few coins. Besides if there were fountains, there were signs put up not to mess them up, never mind the coins, these were wealthy people who owned them, and they were not interested to to see pennies at the bottom.
But there was a place in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where I visited with my mother,they had a lot of red strings hanging from the branches of one tree. There were stories told by people guarding the place to make a wish and tie the knot. Also if our wish was fulfilled we must go back and untie the knot.
I remember tying a knot but couldn’t remember what my wish was and also I lived in a different town to untie the knot I’d have to go back by train , it takes four hours from my place . It didn’t happen. I did ask my mother how will I know which one was mine, she said it didn’t matter I could untie anyone. I get it, this is one way of making us untie at least one knot so the next person wouldn’t have to untie to tie a knot. Isn’t it a smart thing?