This picture, if you’re able to see it (I couldn’t blow it up without smudging everything in it…blast it…) is a story about a young man who has come to a wishing well with the intent to make a wish. A young girl is standing on the edge of the well, intending to jump in.
She warns the boy not to stop her.
He assures her that he’s just come to make a wish in the well and then goes on to describe how the wish is granted, but he stops right at the end and doesn’t tell her how it ends.
She’s astonished that so much will be done for just a penny and asks how the wish granting ends.
He replies that he’ll tell her over some ice cream if she wants to come along and hear how it ends.
She thinks for a moment and then says that she wouldn’t mind having some ice cream.
As they walk away, she asks when he’ll know that his wish has been granted.
He smiles and says that it already has.
I may have gotten some of the comic info a little mixed up as I’m writing this from memory and not looking at the picture (because I can’t get it to enlarge and be legible at the moment), but that’s the gist of it. I don’t remember where I found this comic and so can’t site the author. (If I ever find out, I will update this post to include that information.)
This comic jumped to my mind as I was (finally) able to go through old posts from blogs that I follow since I have moved and I cam across Q is for Quit by Oliana. The story of her colleague near the end of the post and also about the realization that she has and I couldn’t help but wish that there were more people like her colleague (like Oliana herself as she works at a help line) and like the boy in the comic who will just listen and be there when someone needs them.
Even when they don’t know who you are.
Especially when they don’t know who you are.
They are there because they see or hear someone who just needs you to exist right next to them.