Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Question of the Day #384

After the sunset last night, we leaned back in deck chairs and stared up at the sky.

"I just saw a shooting star," said J.

"Make a wish," H said.

"Did I ever tell you how to wish?" J asked.

"Huh? What do you mean how to wish?" I asked.

J leaned in like she was ready to share a serious secret.

"When I was a little kid, my friends and I went to this magical little store, up a cobblestone alley, above a restaurant in Chatham. It was filled with angel figurines and crazy candles and the lady who ran the place gave us wishing stones and taught us how to wish," said J.

"Sounds very Eastwick," I said.

"Very," she nodded.

"So what's the proper wishing process?" H asked.

"She told us to take the wishing stones home and before we went to sleep, she instructed us to hold the stones and always wish in the present tense. Like, 'I wish I have a million dollars.'"

"Interesting. If I were to wish that, I'd probably say, "I wish I had a million dollars," I said.

"Exactly. That's past. Over. Done with," J said. "And then you have to end with 'for the greater good.'"

"'For the greater good?'" H repeated.

"Yes. For example, you can't just say, 'I wish I'm married,' because you could be married to an idiot. So you'd say, 'I wish I'm married for the greater good.'"

"Who knew wishing was so complicated," I said.

"But think about it. Imagine you wish for a million dollars, get it and then become an evil, greedy person. You have to add for the 'greater good.'"

"And that's it?" H asked.

"No, then we were told to put our wishing stones under our pillows and sleep on our wishes."

"That's pretty cool," I said.

"Yeah. I wish I have a wishing stone. For the greater good," H said.

What are you wishing for? Or are we not supposed to tell? ; )



  1. I'm wishing I'm with my girl friends right now for the greater good...because I miss them all so much. XO

  2. Oh wow. That's awesome! I love little things like that. In my family there is a certain way that you eat fortune cookies too. You have to crack the cookie open, eat all of it, and THEN read the fortune. If you don't eat the cookie first your fortune won't come true. Then there's our weird way of pinky swearing . . . you have to seal it by kissing your thumbs, while your pinkies are intertwined, and then smash the kissed thumbs together. Funny how these things happen.

    Right now I'm wishing I'm done with all of the photos I need to get done!! And that I'm taking photos for my friend's Christmas card. And that I'm accepted into the Photography major at my uni. All for greater good!!

    *sigh* That was a nice change from my negativity run I've been having. Thanks =)

  3. Now I just sound like a broken record but...

    I wish my cousin is safe for the greater good.

    Sorry but today is his 25th birthday and we haven't heard from him in over a week. It's all I can think about.

  4. I like that. For the greater good.
    I hope your cousin is safe, Lisa D.

  5. I wish my books are selling, for the greater good. :)

  6. I always heard that if you told it wouldn't come true. But I am wishing I had a more peaceful life.

  7. I wish I have happiness and contentness, for the greater good.

  8. I must get wishing stones and share this with my girls. What a wonderful story.

    Lisa D - I wish you hear from your cousin and he is safe. For the greater good.


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