Make a Wish!

When you have an opportunity to make a wish, does one pop into your head or do you have to think for a minute or two?

A wish is a hope or desire and I have had my share, but I’m really careful what I wish since so many have come true. I take a little time to consider how it could change my life. My guess is that most people wish to be rich and famous or to return to good health. There couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with good health, but money and fame have been known to cause some problems.

I always wished that someday I would have a fruit producing garden. I imagined picking an apple and eating it right off the branch. Well now I have one and there are so many apples, the tree split in half. I am up to my elbows in pies and applesauce. I am giving them away by the bagful. The raspberries came in buckets, but I got so many bee stings, I am now allergic!

The trunk split under the weight.

Even my mulberry bush produced like crazy!

My sister Patty and I used to snap the Thanksgiving turkey wishbone apart. The one who ended up with the longer part of the bone got their wish. She won almost every time. I wonder if her wishes came true. She probably wished for her own bedroom and was glad when I finally moved out.

I was introduced to Aladdin’s Lamp through Popeye and Donald Duck cartoons. Whoa! I really wanted to find one of those magic lanterns. Many years later, I bought one at a garage sale. I bet I rubbed it just in case. If a genie had materialized, it would have taken me a long time to come up with three wishes.


Our family used to go out for pizza at Lombardino’s, an Italian restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. I remember its beautiful miniature replica of Rome’s Trevi Fountain. The highlight of the night (other than the spumoni ice cream), was when Dad would give my sister and me a penny to throw into the pool. Back then, I wished for a dog.

My dog Roxy is passed out on the couch dreaming about the pool she splashed in and all the doggy friends she made at the kennel last week while we visited family in Wisconsin. I bet she wishes our trip was longer.

I wished for a pony before blowing out the candles on more than one birthday cake. By the time my parents actually considered the idea, I decided it would take up too much time in high school. They say you always get what you wish for, but the timing can be a bit off.

Shooting stars were another opportunity for wishes. I was amazed when my dad first pointed them out in the summer sky while camping. Many years later, I was overwhelmed during a meteor shower. I couldn’t wish fast enough! One night, while driving to Boulder to pick up my daughter from dance class, a huge flaming meteor hurled across the sky and looked as if it crashed right outside of town in Louisville. Actually, the meteor landed hundreds of miles away. It was so alarming, I forgot to make a wish! We are really wishing on shooting meteors.


While vacationing in Wisconsin last week, Danny’s brother Jamie and sister-in-law Karen invited my family and parents to their house in Madison for dinner. At the end of the night, Jamie called us outside. With my son Kelly’s help, they launched a sky lantern! We were supposed to make a wish as he lit the paper wick and it began to rise. I panicked. All kinds of wishes rushed into my head. I didn’t want to waste a wish on something frivolous or one that only made only one person happy. As it floated into the air, I wished we would all have a safe and healthy year and would meet again next year to launch another!


Check out the commentary. Can you guess which voice is mine?

Do you still make wishes? Do you keep them a secret?

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127 responses to “Make a Wish!

  1. I wish my crush accepted my message today on Facebook and ask me to be his girlfriend .

  2. Zuleima

    I wish I have Shakira’s entire body and her looks .

  3. Shaikha

    I wish I have 2 dimples on my cheeks

  4. gianni

    I wish I could succeed in life and prove everyone who ever doubted me wrong.

  5. Dashanna Harper

    I wish to lose 20 lbs. by the next day.

  6. sparrowseaker

    i wish to sing just like Connie Talbot, i really want this x

  7. sparrowseaker

    i wish to sing just like Connie Talbot, i REALLY want this to happen! x

  8. angelxoxo

    I wish I was skinny, curvy and thin and had no acne by tomorrow morning.

  9. camil

    I wish my crush was my boyfriend/future husband and we had sucessful career

  10. camil

    I wish my crush wash my boyfriend/future husband and we had kids together

  11. :D

    This is very selfish… ermmm.. I wish I had two Arctic Monkeys tickets and me and my friend would go on your with them and we all were very good friends. =u=

  12. ...

    I wish my friend would stop purposely hurting herself and no one would bully her. I know… It’s a big favor.. I’m just trying to guide her every day and try to make her not hurt herself.. But. Nothing is working…

  13. anonymous

    that I pass the history and reading part of the ahsge in july

  14. anonymous

    I wish to have my comforter washed dryed and back on my bed b4 my mom get home from church at 12:30

  15. anonymous

    for my family to have a lot of money and to have a queen size bed

  16. emily phillips

    wish my fam can have a lot of money

  17. emily phillips

    I wish to be an incredible dancer, have a beautiful singing voice, lose weight

  18. emily phillips

    I wish to have a lot of money, have my own car, be practically sisters with raye and brenea Holman and to pass the ahsege next month

  19. Anonymous

    thanks for the inspiration, i left my school because i got in an altercation with a boy and chose not to fight back. he hit me in the face multiple times and i did nothing, i even began to bleed. I didn’t even plan on telling the faculty what happened because we have a strict school and didn’t want to get him into trouble. Some how faculty got involved and i got called into the office and explained what happened then the other boy claimed i had been racially bullying him and i was saying mean things which was why it happened and then i turned into the bad guy. In the past years i hadn’t been the greatest student, my behavior was not bad but i would slack in class and not turn in assignments. But every year i had been gradually growing and becoming more mature. At the beginning of this school year my development was completed i was on task everyday at school, great behavior in and outside the classroom. I was turning every paper on time and was doing so good in class and on my assignments teachers where emailing my mom just to say how good i was doing for once my parents couldn’t have been prouder. But based on my bad record for laziness and grades there was a certain administrator that did not like me and was dealing with the situation. I wasn’t even given a chance to tell my side of the story, if i tried to explain what happened I was considered not being remorseful. So I realized that the best situation for me would be too accept what the school had thought and beg for forgiveness. I loved my school i had been going there for 6 years and loved all my friends. In the end even though multiple students came in to the faculty and told them that i was not a bully they were told there opinions would be used but once they had left there statements were thrown out. In the end my parents and i had scheduled a meeting with the headmaster of the school to plead my case finally but when we got there the main faculty member who had been trying to gather evidence against me was there and didn’t even give my parents or I a chance to talk. in the end my 2 options were to unroll from the school and nothing would be put on my permanent report or face a long term suspension that would render my college choice or an expulsion. I was basically left with one option to unroll from my favorite place in the world. I was so sad and began going to public school and am truly miserable. I am on the brink of begging my old school to let me come back. All i wish for is that i am able to return to my old school tat i love or in some miracle i can wake up one morning and be back on the day a few months ago and prevent this whole situation from happening. I cant keep living with looking at my parents faces everyday and seeing all the disappointment in their eyes. I cant look at them without feeling shamed about the embarrassment i brought on them. I am willing to do anything to bring my life back to normal please help me susie.

    • Look, right now everything looks awful. You were wronged. The system isn’t fair. In fact it sucks. But as long as you want to continue in it you have to adapt. The upside is you’re staying in school. While public school may not be your ideal place learn to adapt. you try you’ll find friends. One thing though, keep your backstory short. Too much information might give the impression you’re looking for pity. Show the people around you that you can stand up in the face of adversity. As to the faculty, they’re probably clued in. Don’t give them a reason to get down on you. Don’t be a suck-up but show them you’re willing to learn an advance yourself. Make sure guidance knows you want to attend college. Keep your grades up. It might look like you got hit with a major shitstorm. You can turn this around and it will make you stronger. We’ve all been handed a rotten deal at some point or another. The difference between the survivors and the losers who skate by is that the survivors work through the bad times. The skaters let the world coast by and they grab what they want. One important thing, you’re going to get a lot of advice. A lot of it is full of crap. Maybe this. The person who determines what happens is you. You’re in high school, you’ve got a long road ahead of you. There’s going to be things that are going to come up. Use this as your template for dealing with adversity. Don’t do anything stupid because once it’s over they’ll forget. I know. Make your mark as someone who took a really bad situation and prevailed. It’s 2 am and this will give me something to think about tonight.

    • First of all, I am so sorry this happened to you. It sounds like a huge injustice. I think it is great however, that your parents stood by you in your defense. It is strange how life sends every one of us obstacles, but it is through them that we grow as individuals. The people that seem to float through life, don’t have the opportunity to build character. This may seem ridiculous, but you may actually benefit in a big way from this experience.

      I don’t know how much time you have left in school before going to college, but I can tell you this, people can sense when someone is burdened with something and they will run in the other direction. I would try to put it out of your mind when you are at school and keep your past on the down low.

      My advice is to do what may be very uncomfortable, but get involved in the new school somehow. You are probably hoping the old school accepts you back, so you are not moving forward. Look at it this way, they would be even more impressed if you show them how well you have adjusted and what an exceptional student you are. Get to know your teachers. In a year, several of them along with the principal could write letters of recommendation.

      My guess is in a year from now, you won’t want to go back.
      In the meantime, forgive yourself for that day. Let go of regret. We all do stupid things not realizing the outcome.

      Make sure to smile and give other students a chance. They will reflect what emanates from you. I don’t know if you pray, but I would pray that you find a group of kids to hang out with. You were becoming a great student so don’t punish yourself or your parents more by letting your grades slip or by getting into more trouble. Prove the administrators wrong by continuing to be a good person.

      Try to make positive choices and keep your eye on the prize of getting into college. Your parents will relax a little if they see you adjusting. Parents are always as happy as their least happy child. This has been a huge setback, but you can use it as a way to learn and grow.

      I’ll say a prayer for you. Let me know how it goes! Hang in there…

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  21. Anonymous

    errm so i know this is a massive favour but i want to be pretty and like everyone else please stop the bullying and give me a best friend….

    • I think it’s great that you made your wish. Writing about them is a wonderful way to reinforce your hopes and dreams. I write down mine all the time!

      Sometimes people can be mean. Looking back, if I would have laughed at myself when I was younger and not taken myself so seriously, life would have been a lot easier.

      Keep your chin up and be sure to smile. Others around you will reflect your energy, so send out positive vibes. Everyone’s smile is beautiful and yours is too!
      Good luck and may all of your wishes come true!

  22. Hey so how do you make other people’s wishes come true cuz I wanna know reply a.s.a.p

    • Here’s the dealio! I don’t have the power to grant wishes. I do believe that wishes come true every day. Writing them out is a great way to send an affirmation into the universe. Good luck to you and keep on wishing!

  23. Caitlin

    I just really want to end up with this boy named Dustin. I would love it if we dated quite soon. Please, this is all I want. Please make my wish come true. I wish I wish I wish.

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  25. TJ Calhoun

    hey linda, i am reall hoping for my iphone 5, it’d be really cool if you made it come true :)

  26. Alexis Rani Sanchez

    I wish that this boy named Devin Cristalbands asks me out tomorrow at school the school is called The Sixth Grade Accadamy and it is in Taylor Michigan and I hope that he ask me out before 11:00

  27. As an adult, wishes take time to formulate – unfortunately! Kids have it made…

  28. Yeah I constantly look for shooting stars and wish away when I see one. I’m hoping the timing kicks in soon though :) But I’m with Lame Adventures on this one obscurity and fortune :)

  29. Great Post – thanks for sharing! I am wishing for a new job:)

  30. I have my 3 wishes prepped and ready to go. You never know, and you want to be ready. Ambitious, but not greedy. Minimizing the “Ironic misfortune” possibility.

  31. Hi Susie Lindau,

    I try to be mindful of my faith, whenever I have the tendency to want to make a wish: I say a prayer, instead. It works very well for me.

    George S Geisinger

  32. As a teacher at summer’s end, I am wishing for summer to last longer :)), I wish it every summer, but school comes along to end it. Seriously, besides the self-centered wishes of lottery winnings, I am wishing for a great school year for myself and my kids – and lots of energy to keep moving forward and continuing at Making the Days Count!

    • I love that wish! I hope you win the lottery too! Why can’t you have both?
      One thing that may make summer seem longer is to break out of your routine. Your brain processes time differently. Hey maybe I should write a blog post about that! :)
      Thanks Clay!

  33. Beautiful wishes and what an amazing garden! Wow!
    I still make wishes – on the first star, shooting stars, blowing out candles – you name it, I make a wish and I always keep them a secret! LOL!!

  34. “New lamps for old !”
    I always think of that scene, when reminded of that legendary Popeye cartoon.
    ps. Roxy rocks!

    • Love Popeye! That is so funny how cartoons have somehow impacted our lives. :) It is how I was first introduced to some classical music too!

      Roxy is a total ham! She had just gotten back from the kennel and every time I stood up to take a picture of her while sleeping, she would jump up! Later that night, I had to “pose” her. She is wide awake in that shot! I just told her to “stay!” She loves the camera! Hahaha! I got about 6 other photos that look like she is sound asleep!

    • Love Popeye! That is so funny how cartoons have somehow impacted our lives. :) It is how I was first introduced to some classical music too!

      Roxy is a total ham! She had just gotten back from the kennel and every time I stood up to take a picture of her while sleeping, she would jump up! Later that night, I had to “pose” her. She is wide awake in that shot! I just told her to “stay!” She loves the camera! Hahaha! I got about 6 other photos that look like she is sound asleep!

  35. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever really done “wishing.” Maybe when I was a small child before blowing out the candles because that’s what you’re supposed to do, but I don’t remember any of them.

    Not sure why it hasn’t been a thing for me. My kids always did, though.

  36. I keep my wishes secret. Now that Vera Farmiga is married, anyway. Welcome back.

  37. This reminds me of a segment I saw on a travel doco once about the Chinese Lantern Festival – so magical to see thousands of lanterns lighting the sky and, quite likely, new year wishes with them. Apparently they haven’t bothered with public liability yet – which is good, because it would no doubt ruin the festival! Love this wild ride, Susie ;)

  38. Such a great post! Now I want to do that, but considering where I live I’m afraid of starting the next wildfire. LOL. I make wishes often and I always keep them to myself. I could say that a wish to be smart and witty like “some” of my WANA friends wouldn’t be a bad wsh. ;)

    • You are already smart and witty silly girl!
      There is no way we could light one of those either. I would love to launch one on New Year’s Eve!
      Thanks so much Debra1 You better come up with some more wishes!

  39. I am cracking up at the video! Were you the Debbie Downer discussing burning trees and UFO’s? Hahahahaha! I can’t wish on demand, during anything with an open flame or when I have a death grip on a turkey bone. I wish for things like peace & quiet and guess what? Now I hate peace and quiet.

    • Yep that was me, the big teaser! Hahaha!
      It is tinder dry in Wisconsin, so I had to rib my brother-in-law.I grew up with him. Even he freaked out for a minute there!
      This is the first summer with both kids out of the house. I can’t write with any distraction, so I am getting a lot done even though I miss them!
      Thanks so much!

  40. I make wishes every chance I get. Most of the time – nada. One time I was drunk and I think I wished for whirled peas instead of world peace, and later that night I got that wish. It showed up in the toilet when i ridded my body of the alcohol. So, I too am careful what I wish for.

    Congratulations on the successful garden! My new house has a fig tree in the yard. What the heck does one do with a thousand or so figs?

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Peas are not good. Be careful what you wish for! Figs! :) If there weren’t so many yellow jackets in the yard, I would feel much better. Now I freak when I get dive-bombed and I can’t go near my nectarine tree!
      Thanks Patricia!

  41. That’s the coolest thing ever!! I think you made a perfect wish. I’m really glad you didn’t waste it. :-) I usually wish for wisdom. I always need that. :-)

  42. Captain Picard once said “wishing for a thing does not make it so”. But I say wishes can come true! Put a mini video camera on the balloon next flight. Wonder where it landed?

  43. I used to make wishes at specific times, if I spotted my lucky numbers on the clock. I still wish and daydream a lot, and tend to keep those I have the most faith in secret. Why do we feel like we’ll curse them? ;) Hmm…

    • I think we keep them a secret because of all those birthdays when we were told that our wishes wouldn’t come true if we told! My daughter does the clock thing!
      I hope you get everything you wish for August!

  44. Cool… we did that in college. :-) You said something about burning the neighbourhood down?

    Wishes… I’d rather write a decent novel than win Powerball. :-)

    Good post.

  45. A very inspiring post, Susie. Thank you very much!

    I noticed that making wishes and being greatful (even for what you don’t have, yet) is a good combination that works for me. And I agree, sometimes the timing seems a bit off. And at other times it seems just perfect. :)

  46. I don’t make wishes anymore. I call them “desires” and I put them into action with positive affirmations. I list them on paper or PC and read them to myself each day. I totally believe that what you think is made manifest in the physical world.

  47. Julie Catherine

    Hmmmmmmm, you just inspired me to write a poem …… about wishes! :D

  48. I have many wishes and many have come true. I am now praying for others, but I will keep them quiet until they materialize and I hope they do soon! I wish your current wishes come true too!

  49. I keep my wishes quiet. If anyone found out about that tall blonde at the VA, oops too much. Anyway I hope yours come true.

  50. Coleen Patrick

    My sister and I used to make a wish on the morning of the first day of every month, but it had to be the first thing you said when you woke up. I have no idea how we started it–but we were big on wishing. We also did it whenever the time on a clock was all the same numbers. But we always kept our wishes secret!

    • That’s great! I forgot until you mentioned it, but my daughter always wished upon the digital clock too!

      I always think that positive thinking will bring goodness into our lives. At least that’s what I am wishing!
      Thanks Coleen!

  51. Wishes are wonderful things, but sometimes they need a little help. I like to think my wishes are just quiet goals I make to myself and we all know goals don’t get accomplished if we sit back and let life happen.

    Keep wishing, my friend. Your life is truly blessed with love, happiness, good fortune, and lots of fruit! ;)

    • Thanks so much Tameri! I was saying awwww, until the last line and then I laughed! It is overwhelming! I need to get out there and pick some more, but we are inundated with bees which are attacking my overloaded nectarine tree! Hahaha! I wish all the best for you my good friend!

  52. Those lanterns r kind of frightening, they let them off the beach in Ohio on the fourth. Wishes, well I’m more into doing things that are possible, achievable even maybe attainable. But, I think wish away, always. It’s hard to let go of dreams yet you know some things are just meant to be in life, and others you have to work so hard at. Guess you must figure out what’s worth it or not. If those Olympians, some of them, didn’t see and dream about someone they saw, they admired, well I’m not sure they would be there. In fact I don’t think they would be, so dream on, wish on and maybe hardwork and a pinch of luck will do the trick :))!

    • A pinch of luck is right! Great points. Unless we can visualize and wish for something, we will never reach our goal!
      I hope you reach all of yours and some you didn’t think possible!

  53. They show what your heart and spirit are made of, i pray for many things that others can have, healing, good health, jobs, food, shelter, a peaceful environment! As i got older i equated the wish with a prayer of good will! I too have seen many come true…I still have a great hope that what i wish for or pray for will still come true! Wonderful post Susie…you have me smiling a great big smile because of its message. My wife tells me that i am still a child at heart…remember Disney, “When you wish upon a star”, i believed it then and i will always…much love to you dear sister!

    • Thanks so much Wendell! We all have our list of prayers. Yours is so full of love for others. I was going to mention Disney, but the post was getting so long! :) My wish for you is that all your wishes come true my friend!

  54. Delightful post… I think I recognized your laugh. Get out the video camera and that dog will wake up…

  55. You are such a magnanimous wisher Susie L! I’m with you that it’s gag-inducing how many people wish for fame and fortune. Gimme obscurity and fortune. Seriously, I do wish the economy would turn around so my company would restore the 20% of my pay they cut back in January 2009 — or the job market would significantly improve. I don’t think either wish will come true any time soon.

    The video was fun. That was definitely you snarking, “The is gonna burn down your neighborhood” and “It’s gonna burn your tree down.”

    • Hahaaha! You got it! Snarking away! That’s me! Hahaha!

      I wish the economy would turn around too. There is a glimmer. Colorado has been ahead all the way through and our housing market went up 20% last month! My husband is in commercial and referred a friend to a real estate agent to sell his house 2 weeks ago and it already sold! That’s the trend we have been waiting for. Once it starts to roll, people will start buying up the deals before the interest rates and prices go back up…
      I know. Always the optimist… :)

  56. Aww, this made me laugh. I’ve actually had a friend burn down a tree and had three fire trucks outside her house with lanterns. They’re very popular here and when the sky is clear we see them all the time.

    Great post. I wish for everyone I love to have good health. And when a friend is in trouble I send them my Angels (yes, I have more than one) and it always seems to work.

    • We were pretty worried, bur Jamie wasn’t until the moment it almost got stuck in the tree! :) We would have been like your neighbor!
      I am getting so many shivers today with these comments! I just sent out my angels to someone who really needs them. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment CC! I hope all your wishes come true!

  57. This is a really lovely blog and video. Your joy is infectious. And yes, I remember making wishes. So many times, I would wish to be thin as a chubby little girl, and the neat thing is I learned it was within my control to be thin, so I made it so.

    I like the fact that it’s not really a shooting star we wish on–it’s a meteor shower. So much of what goes into making a wish is based on an arcane misunderstanding of science. As a woman of logic, I love the real explanations. And yet, as a woman with faith, I love to know there’s a little magic in the world.

    And that’s what making a wish is all about.

    • El, your words just gave me shivers! Whoa. So true about logic and faith. It is good to have both!
      I didn’t put the meteor and shooting star together until I wrote this post! I am always learning something!
      Thanks so much El and have a magical day!

  58. I loved hearing your laugh, and your worries along with your wishes! I keep my wishes to myself. I was told they don’t come true if you say them aloud. But when I pray I move my lips. Weird huh? Because what’s the difference, really?

  59. Hearing your voice like that was so wonderful – wow, what a beautiful post!

  60. Wow, that was a cool video! I would have been worried it would land on a tree next door. I loved the balloon boy part! haha!So the flame just went out and then it fell back into your yard?
    I never seemed to get the wish when breaking the turkey bone either. Great post, Susie.

    • It went up in the air and traveled across town hundreds of feet in the air! When we walked into the street, we could see that it was still rising! I would love to launch one on New Years Eve at midnight!
      Thanks so much Darla!

  61. Oh, Susie, I love this post so much! Especially that you always wished for a fruit producing garden and look at the magical gift you got! I make wishes all the time, some secret, some that I share. Wishes are powerful and I do believe any wish can come true with enough belief and faith behind it. Wishing you a magical year ahead filled with love, laughter, and lots of dancing. :) :) :)

  62. I dont wish anymore as nothing seems to happen.. so I just wish for the best of things.. thats all I can hope for.

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