On a quiet starlit night last week, Matthew, Wesley and I walked through the darkness. Matthew looked toward the sky, and asked earnestly, "What are those words I'm supposed to say to make a wish?"
Wesley recited the poem, and Matthew carefully repeated each phrase,
"Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight."
Unable to contain my curiosity, I asked, "What did you wish for?".
"Mom! You know I can't tell you," he admonished.
A few days went by, without a word about the wish. Then, as I drove Matthew to school early one morning, he asked earnestly, "Mom, you know that wish I made that night?"
"Sure, what about it?"
"Well, it hasn't come true. I wished so hard for a new pet, and we didn't get one yet. The only thing I can think of is that daddy must have made a wish at the same time as I did. When I wished for a new pet, daddy must have wished that we didn't get a new pet, so his wish erased mine," he explained with disappointment.
"Well, I guess you're going to have to ask dad about that," I replied.
Matthew and I would fill our house up with four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes if we could. Wesley is the voice of restraint. He thinks three cats, our dog Sox, and Laurie-Ann's little Yorkie Hampton (a part-time visitor) are enough! But, that doesn't stop us from wishing...
Childhood is magical.
~ May all your wishes come true.
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