Day 12 — Free Wishes
Children love dream and imagine and hope
Photo courtesy of Maureen Churchill
When my son was little he loved making wishes, and throwing coins, into a fountain. There is something magical about it. It's the same sort of magic you feel when you make a wish and blow out the candles on a birthday cake.
Children love to make wishes. They love to dream and imagine and hope. As adults, we often forget to take time to do this. It’s one of those beautiful aspects of childhood that slowly fades away as we get older. For my act of kindness today, I thought I would try and bring a little of that magic back.
My son and I headed to the mall and left pennies along the edge of a fountain. We spread them around, hiding them in cracks and crevices for curious little fingers to find. We got a few curious looks as we went about our task, but I consider it an unexpected bonus to spark a little curiosity in the few who noticed what we were up to.
After we were done with the coins we needed to run an errand. Barnes and Noble has launched it’s Summer Reading Program and we stopped in to browse and pick up a Summer Reading Journal for him to fill out. We do this each year. The promise of a free book always manages to keep him motivated to read during the summer months.
Later, when we walked back past the fountain on the way back to our car, we noticed some of the coins were already gone. We stopped and watched as a little one standing near the edge of the fountain picked one up, pressed his eyes closed to make a wish, then tossed it in. He watch the coin fly through the air and splash into the water with a giggle.
My son and I looked at each other and smiled. We had given that child, and a number of others, the opportunity to wish and to hope. I don’t know what he wished for, but I hope it comes true. For him, and for everyone who chooses to wish and hope each day, in front of a fountain or not.