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World Wish Day

Today is World Wish Day. Which means if you can rub your tummy with one hand, while patting your head with the other as you simultaneously recite the alphabet backwards, every wish you make today will come true.

Okay, maybe not. But it would be really cool if that were how it worked.

I should totally wish for the coordination to be able to do that. I can barely walk in a straight line without tripping over invisible cracks.

I'd wish for a million money trees to grow in my back yard. And fertile soil to keep them growing.

I'd wish for perkier boobs. And less chin hairs. And the complete eradication of boob whiskers for womankind everywhere.

I'd wish for a stuffed beaver. Not that kind of beaver, you perverts. I want a dead stuffed beaver to put in my living room. But I'd happily take a live beaver and make it into my pet. I'd buy it a spiked collar and call it Hoss.

I'd wish that every time I ate ice cream my teeth wouldn't hurt and my bowels wouldn't explode. It's the little things in life.

I'd probably wish for the ability to fly too, but only because I'm too cheap to pay for airfare and not because I actually have any place to go.

But mostly, I'd wish for one more moment to spend with my son and to never outlive any more of my children.

April 29 is the Make A Wish Foundation's World Wish Day. It's the day, for children all over the world, wishes really will come true. Without any tummy rubbing or head patting although I'm pretty sure some kids would think that was awesome.

Jumby totally loves a good tummy rubbing.

I've written before about how our son Shale was granted a wish, but didn't live long enough to use it. And I've written about Jumby's wish and how important it was, is, to our family that we were able to help make his life a bit better because of his wish.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Click on me. You know you want to.

Wishes are important.

But they aren't free. Which is why I write this. Because if I can guilt, er, persuade any of you to skip the latte today and donate a few dollars to the Make A Wish Foundation, I will.

Think of the children.

Oh look, I'm beating you over the head with pictures of my kids! I have no shame.

Jumby's wish was a small wish, not something significant or very meaningful to most, but to my child it made a world of difference to his quality of life and reminds all of us that wishes can come true, goodness does exist.

For children who live with illness or disability or both, the Make A Wish Foundation is there to give these children and their families something life has often yanked away from them.

Hope. With a side of joy.

One small wish gave my child the chance to dream like every child should be able to.

Dreams do come true. Today's the day for to make them happen.

Thank you Make A Wish Foundation. And thank you everyone who has ever helped make a wish come true. With or without the tummy rubbing.

*If I were handing out wishes, I'd love to grant yours. What would YOU wish for? Curiosity and all...*


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Reader Comments (31)

Thank you for this post. My daughter actually just sent in my g'sons referral for his Make a Wish. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when he was 11 months old. He's 2 1/2 now. Make a Wish is a wonderful organization that makes dreams come true.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

i donated the last $10 in my paypal account. i know it's not much, but i sure hope it's able to help a deserving child. xo to you and your family.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMommyNamedApril

Yep, I donated too, locally for Georgia/Alabama. Thanks for the attention to today, Tanis - I had no clue, otherwise.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Harper

I'll also donate - this is such an important cause and so important to the kids.

I did a post yesterday and was sending out tweets about how something insignificant to us (like donating $5) could change somebody else's life...I'll help you spread the word about this today :)

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

It is a wonderful worthwhile charity and once I can get a hold of our paypal info I will donate :)

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

I donate every year. They are a wonderful organization.
As for my wish-- I want to spend a day on the beach. I cannot decide if that's a big wish, or a small wish. We are completely landlocked! Nevertheless, a day on the beach sounds wonderful right about now!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wishes granted.

http://www.ardencreek.com/p-Beaver-Chewing-Log-21-116.html - $790

http://www.macstaxidermy.com/north%20american%20small%20game.htm - Several here

http://www.petestaxidermy.com/animals.htm - A few beavers and "squirrels humping."

Heh. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing a stuffed beaver in your living room with your fugly couch and lovely chair!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I've always thought Make a Wish was wonderful, and donate when I can (never as often or as much as I'd like).

Right now, I have two wishes, one selfish, one not so much.

Selfish: I wish I had enough money to buy the land next to Mum's, build our home and greenhouses, put in a garden, and live as off-grid and self-sufficient a life as we can.

Not so much selfish: that no one suffer a lack of food or clean drinking water.

Shade and Sweettwater,

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyddryn

Such an important charity...for so many!

I would wish that more parents of special needs children could see the importance of supporting those that help them...rather than just taking that support and doing nothing. Advocate for your child AND for Make a Wish, UCP, etc...

:) Also, I'd like a money tree too. No stuffed beaver, but maybe a hippo?

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I have a wish....let this wish day make it come true....

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterakd

If I knew wishes came true, I would wish for no more violence. Ever. Period. I would try to wish that it never started, but at the very least I would wish that it has now ended. To help make this wish come true, I have created two little beans who have been raised to know that there is no need for violence. Ever. Period. I can't protect them from the world, but I have ensured the world is protected from them. It's a start ...

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKande

I wish my husband hadn't left me 5 weeks ago but you make me laugh and put things in perspective all at the same time ... I'm healthy and I will survive this ... and be better off in the long run....Thanks for the laugh and the lesson!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

My completely selfish wish would be to have enough money that I could travel around the world with my best friends. The unselfish part? That it would be enough money to support those same friends and my family in perpetuity.

I made a donation in honour of you and your inspirational family. (I spelled honour the Canadian way. Twice.)

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

[...] Read the full blog [...]

Sorry that my wish is a selfish one, but I wish my husband would get a job. We are scrambling trying to pay the mortgage and keep the electricity on.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

K, fine, I wish that we could find an investor to get our business running. We have the knowledge, the drive and the determination, we just need the start up money. :(

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

This post smacks me on the head and says, "Quit whining and be grateful!" I have two wishes as well because I'm indecisive like that:
1. At least one good hair day a month, and NOT on a rainy weekend when I don't leave the house.
2. Every child breathing on this planet has a safe place to rest their head, a loving protector to hold their hand, and a full belly at the end of every day.
Is that asking too much?

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

I wish that all kids could be safe. That all kids wishes come true with Make a Wish!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I wish next week was over.

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan, Mum to Molly

Susan, You deserve to have a selfish wish. When my husband lost his job, I had more wine- and pill-induced nights of sleep than I care to admit. It sucks and no one can understand how scary every day is unless you have gone through it. Sending positive energy and the job fairy your way. (And if anyone tells you that everything happens for a reason, you can tell them to stick it!) Hang in there.

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermom-mom-mom

I want a farm with Alpaca, and not to 'work', but to be with my family and alpaca, and run a knit cafe, and sell my alpaca fibre, and angora fibre (oh, I want angora rabbits too...) and that means my husbands back is better too...a run on sentence is one with right?

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Susan, I've totally been there too- your wish is totally justified! We were extremely fortunate and my husband landed a new job within 2 months of being laid off, but that was a very scary 2 months watching the bank account dwindle and watching his frustration grow. I hope your husband finds something better than the last job and finds it soon- and in the meantime, sending good thoughts your way!

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiTX

I love the make-a-wish foundation. One of my friends' sons just got his wish last month and it was amazing for their family to have that special happy time after so long dealing with Mitochondrial Disease.

I wish every day that our 4 month old foster son would never have to go back to the monsters who broke his leg and caused his brain and other internal injuries. Unfortunately it doesnt look like my wish will come true. :(

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSig

One wish? A cure for Juvenile Arthritis. Because Kids Get Arthritis Too and it's not your grandparents type.

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

What a great and wonderful thing this is tanis:)Thank you for bringing this to our attention I also hadn't noticed it anywhere!
now my wish would be for PEACE ON EARTH (of course) and perhaps on a selfish note few less ugly vieny things on the backs of my legs:)

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermycrazylife

Hmm, honestly I hope and I dream, but I don't really like wasting wishes. I am healthy, young, and have my whole life ahead of me. I take life as it comes, and I am a strong believer that what you experience in life is what leads you to be the person you were ment to be. The ones who deserve the wishes are the one who Make a Wish Foundation helps. That and making wishes like "I wish I could win the lottery" or "I wish I had a pony" make me feel like I'm being greedy. I don't need money as bad as a mother working 2 jobs to feed her children. I'm glad Jumby got his wish, no matter how small. He deserves it, he needs to know that dreams do come true and that people really do care.

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

My wish would be that there was a way to grant a wish to all the wonderful siblings that deal with disability every day and - through no fault of the parents but just circumstance - miss out on the childhood that other kids take for granted.

Cause maybe, just maybe, things would be different.

For my daughter, how thinks drugs are more important than her two sons, to wake up and understand what's more important in this world.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I second Courtney, though I'd like to extend it to a cure for all autoimmune diseases in general. When the body opens a can of whoopass on itself the result is usually mild to severe discomfort and pain. Chronic, unrelenting pain. And living with that sort of pain can be a remarkable imitation of not living at all.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Sarah - I agree. I'd like to change my wish to finding a cure for all autoimmune diseases!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I wish those who are suffering an illness can have a future and long life in this world..

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Nappers

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