It seems so mundane
1) Enough money to pay off our debts and put a little money aside for LadyBug’s college tuition so that I could make different choices about what type of work I wanted to do and so I was not a slave to my current employer and current paycheck.
2) Health and safety for my children and family always. Ever since becoming a mother, it is amazing how irrational I can get, how afraid I can become for things that ultimately, I have no control over. I do not want anything terrible to ever happen to anyone that I love. I have had enough tragedy in my life for everyone. I want to protect them (and myself) from the terrible stories that you hear on the news and on Dateline Mysteries and when you open up the local paper. I do not want my child being hit by a drunk driver or getting cancer or drinking too much as a college student and falling out of a dorm room window (among many , many other things). I know that these things are freak accidents, but if I could beg the genie in the lamp for something, it would be a bubble of protection around all the people I hold the most dear.
Finally, I would ask for – the end of childhood hunger in America. More than 16 million kids live in families that struggle to put food on the table, 9.6 million kids benefit from free and reduced lunch, but there are 10.6 million eligible kids who do not receive it. More than 1/2 of the people who use food stamps are kids, and in this world, in this country, this should not happen. Kids who are hungry cannot perform well in school, kids who are hungry get sick more often, kids who are hungry are much less likely to graduate from high school whereby continuing the vicious cycle because those kids who do not graduate have a much harder time putting food on the table for their own families. Childhood hunger is solvable. Go to www.nokidhungry.org to learn more.
**I would also like to say that there are so many things that need fixing that a comprehensive list is impossible…chronic illness…war…violence against women…lack of a good education…disparities of any kind….. the genie in my magic lamp would eventually fix it all.
These might be mundane wishes, but they are what I would ask for. They are what would change the course of my future in a way that would have an astounding personal and community impact. Happy Friday to you all, may you all find a little bit of magic in your world this weekend.
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