The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
genie fairy godperson Lucky Charm dude real person tells you that your child is getting a super-duper wish, you’re supposed to whoop with joy. At least that’s how I always imagined these things would go.
The first and only time it ever happened to me was last Thursday, and I started bawling.
Yep. It was a Make-a-Wish Foundation referral. The Teen’s Sickle Cell Disease is advancing, and now she’s a candidate for a bone marrow transplant. I took a considerable amount of rather grim health news fairly calmly (mostly shock I’m sure) for two solid months.
Then it’s the poor professional calling about Make-a-Wish who unleashes the flood. She asked me if she should call back later, or if we even wanted a wish. “Of course we do,” I hiccuped and gasped, “It’s just for some reason this is the first time I’ve cried.” Lucky her.
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Actually, I felt enormously better after she called. I didn’t even know I needed a good cry, but the
genie fairy godperson Lucky Charm dude nice lady with the Make-a-Wish referral apparently knew exactly what I needed, even if I wouldn’t have thought to wish for it.
When I told a good friend this story, she said, “Make-a-Wish isn’t hospice, you know.” And it isn’t. It’s a chance for a child with a life-threatening illness to dream of possibilities.
So The Teen initially said she’d like to meet Charlie Hunnam, except she didn’t like his hair in the last season of Sons of Anarchy. I’m like, “They’re bikers. Besides, I liked his hair fine.” Then she said maybe she’d like to meet Andrew Garfield. And I’m quietly chanting, “Charlie. Charlie. Charlie.”
What would you want to do (something fun) if someone gave you a wish?
P.S. Even tho’ this is one of last weekend’s pics, I didn’t get to wear the dress last week (cold, rainy), so I’m wearing it to the hospital tomorrow with my fave riding boots instead. I’m also happily joining Visible Monday over at Not Dead Yet Style, because it’s wonderful to help celebrate lovely peeps of all ages.