A genie grants you three tiny wishes. What are they?
When I was a mere child, and I would make wishes out loud, one of my sisters would invariably respond with first line of the old rhyme: “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride”. It wasn’t until years later I ran across the entire “poem”
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches, I’d wear one by my side.
If “if’s” and “and’s” were pots and pans,
There’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.
Well, since I’m not looking for a new watch and I have more pots and pans than I probably need, I imagine that I’ll have to consider some other wishes.
First wish: I wish to sleep through the night on a consistent basis. My mid-fifties have not been kind to my sleeping habits and I would love a good solid 8 hours a few nights each week without having to take melatonin or Ambien or some such aid. My two felines love the fact I wake up each day at 4:00 am; I’m less enthralled. If it’s not my lower back that wakes me up at odd hours, it’s the constant rattle of random thoughts, usually tinged with a bit of stress. My mind is a drama queen at 2:00 am; she likes to blow everything out of proportion. I wish she was more focused on the sleep the rest of my body desires than wondering if I’ve screwed up something at work.
Second tiny wish: A modest win in the lottery. I’m not looking to hit the mega-millions, but it would be nice to win just enough to pay off a student loan and a few bills. And maybe a little left over to go on a record shopping binge with my husband. Plus, my husband wouldn’t stress so much about debt, and perhaps get to retire a year or two earlier.
Finally, I’d like to have one of my friends from high school or college live closer, so we could hang out more, instead of exchanging quips and catching up only on social media. California is a beautiful state but the population is so transitory, as Dorothy once said, “People come and go so quickly here!”. So I’d love a weekly coffee date with an old friend rather than trying to cram in a world tour ever time I head back to the East Coast of the United States.
So there are my three tiny wishes. Now I just have to find that genie…