What if Your Greatest Wish Could Be Granted?

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Every year for Halloween dress-up day, I put on my traditional Lebanese clothes and went to school as a “gypsy” in what was truly a strange mish-mash misrepresentation of multiple cultures. I played directly into the hands of right wing brown-phobic stereotypes. But my peers loooooved it. They asked me to grant wishes. So I would cross my arms and nod I Dream of Jeannie-style reveling in my annual day of othered popularity.

It turns out I can’t grant wishes by nodding no matter how high my ponytail. Who knew? It also turns out there is zero gypsy in my family tree. I apologize to gypsies everywhere for my appropriation of your culture and my confusing you with genies. I also apologize to genies everywhere. And Lebanese. And my peers because I misled you as much as you misled me.

If I could grant wishes, though, Christmas would be a great day to do it. I celebrate Christmas like every other secular consumerist by purchasing my children’s dreams and packaging that “something you want” under a tree.

If I had the power to grant you a wish, what would you wish for? Leave me a comment to tell me what you want and what wishes you made/are making come true. Christmas need not apply. Feel free to leave links.

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11 Discussion to this post

  1. Rica@ Yoga Mat Monkey says:

    My wish is for friends and family to have good health in the coming year, and to nurture and support that gift as best they can. Without our health, everything else falls apart. ❤️

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  2. Lidy says:

    Jeanie was truly wasted on Major Nelson. If I had to wish for something then I’d wish for publication in a literary journal/magazine. Land a literary agent. Lose weight. But these kind of things are worthwhile when you work hard for it. So guess Major Nelson might’ve been onto something. Merry Christmas!

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  3. I wish for lots of submissions to the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions so we can meet our service dog fundraising goal and because I love giving out prizes. And lots of work and time to do it so I can keep raising money on my own.

    https://honeyquill.submittable.com/submit

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  4. I wish all those really great things like peace , love, harmony… Then I channel my inner diva & wish that next year we can host #LinkYourLife from yacht off the the island of Bora Bora.

    All kidding aside: My wish is for no family to go without . While we eat giant meals, toast each other some are lucky to have clean water or even a place to live. My wish is the goodness in all of us snuffs the darkness out leaving us with the shine of the sparkling stars in the sky. I wish we could wake up to the sun proud & high in the sky warming us, reminding us with its warmth that we are all children of this world.

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  5. I wish we all could get along but I realize that’s most everyone wish too. This Christmas I really did not wish for anything. What I do want to hear more discussion bout the children who are forgotten, hungry and homeless…I goes this is my secret wish.

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  6. I wish we all could get along but I realize that’s most everyone wish too. This Christmas I really did not wish for anything. What I do want to hear more discussion bout the children who are forgotten, hungry and homeless…I guess this is my secret wish.

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