When I was in high school my friend Kara always made a wish whenever she saw 11:11 on the clock. I reminded her of this yesterday and she told me she still does. The reason I was thinking about this yesterday was because I saw today’s writing prompt for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), which encouraged participants to blog about three wishes.
For me, this was a tough one to write but I wanted to take a stab at it. Limiting all my hopes and dreams to three wishes is a tough one, but I figure if my genie ever shows up I should try to be prepared. Now there are a few days to look at this. Do I go big picture and try to solve hunger and disease? Do I go personal and wish for a winning $200 million powerball ticket? Are three wishes really enough? Oh the possibilities. After thinking about this for a bit, I think I’ve got it. A bit of personal and a big of large scope.
My first wish would be to bring all of our troops overseas back home. That includes friends and family I have stationed overseas. There are a number of reasons I wish for this. First, I’d like to get them out of harm’s way. I’d like to get them home to their families and friends. I’d like to get the 450,000 troops we have stationed in 150 different countries back here, spending their paychecks here on goods and services that can put Americans back to work. They will need housing, cars, food, clothing, xbox’s, and lots of other things that make our economy move. This for me is my greatest wish.
My second wish would be for all my friends who are currently pregnant or trying to get pregnant. I wish them good health and healthy babies. My sister-in-law just had a baby and Lalia is just the cutest thing I have ever seen. I know a lot of women who are pregnant or trying and I can’t wait until all the babies arrive.
My third wish is for twelve months of smooth living. Jeff and I have had so many things happen in the last seven years that it would be great for things to go smoothly for just twelve months. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some amazing times. But I don’t think we’ve had a twelve month period where we didn’t have a major illness or injury (cancer, bad back, knee injuries, broken fingers, back surgery, the flu), a major financial setback (changing jobs, cancer, problems with the house, major storms) or the death of someone we hold dear. I’m not asking for a fantastic year with financial windfalls and trips to exotic places. I’m just asking for a peaceful year.
If you had three wishes what would you wish for?