A Walk Fulfills a Wish


Charlotte McMullen“Mama, you have wishes ALL over your boots,” she said. “Make a wish!”

We’d been walking in fields spotted with dewy dandelions most of the morning. My husband had asked me to collect soil samples. I agreed, because I knew he needed my help, but I wasn’t thrilled with the request. Luckily, I had company – my cheerful 5-year-old daughter.

What I saw as a chore, she viewed as an adventure. The fields were her playground; the bugs were her friends; and the dandelions were her dreams. She certainly knew how to pleasantly pass the time. When she wasn’t telling me stories or asking me endless questions, many of which I didn’t know the correct answer to, but rather encouraged her to “Ask Daddy later,” she would stop, pick a dandelion, and blow off the seed head.

The dandelions were no more than weeds to me, but to her they were special wishes. Her sincere enthusiasm and encouragement to see the weed’s magical potential was infectious. By the end of our little walk, her observation was correct; my black rubber boots were indeed covered in white seedy puffs.

muck boots covered with dandelions

After my daughter’s prompt, “Make a wish,” I stared at my wish-coated muck boots for a moment, closed my eyes, and sent up a silent prayer for the thing I want most – happiness. When I opened my eyes, her smiling face was the first thing I saw.

9/12/2015 8:26:50 AM

Charlotte, kids do give us a perspective that us adults need to pay attention to, don't they. Their uncluttered lives that aren't filled with schedules and responsibilities, can be the best years of their lives. If they only didn't want to grow up so fast. I started life on a small farm in Nebraska. I too explored the wooded creek areas, climbed trees, and wondered at the bugs, snakes, and wild critters lurking in the creek. A child's life should be filled with wonder, exploration, and yes even getting into a little trouble from couriosity. Some of my best memories were from those early life days of learning. Your daughter is well on the way to a wonderful start in life. ***** Have a great wishing happiness day.

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