Wednesday’s child is careful what she wishes for…

(originally posted March 8, 2009)

We ordered a pizza last night and my six year old went with me to pick it up. As I waited at the counter to pay, she asked me for a penny to throw into the fountain at the back of the restaurant.

I gave her one and then one extra, with instructions for a wish to be made on my behalf. I realize that this is plainly against the wishing rules, but the rules, for all they’re worth, haven’t played it quite straight with me either. And besides, it made her a full inch taller, that mission, being in charge of my wish. I watched her tapping the coins together self-consciously as she slipped through the seated diners, seeing them twist in their chairs to smile at the way she doesn’t quite acknowledge that there’s anyone else in the room. She always looks as if she wants to sparkle and be invisible all at the same time.

She came back to me, her nervous smirk a little tighter now that she was empty-handed and too old to finger-fidget in full view of everyone.

“I’ll give you a hint about what I wished for,” she said.

“Okay,” I said, agreeing to risk jinxing it all for a glimpse into her guarded little clockworks.

She leaned in and lowered her voice, all gravity and first-grade wisdom. “If I get it, I won’t let it change who I am.”






Author: jamiemason

Wrote THE HIDDEN THINGS, MONDAY'S LIE, and also THREE GRAVES FULL (Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books.) Might write something else if I'm not careful.

5 thoughts on “Wednesday’s child is careful what she wishes for…”

  1. Jamie, I’m thrilled I found you (via Wendy at Writes in the City). You, my friend, are a gifted writer. And, I don’t believe I’ve said that to anyone before, especially not on a “first date.” I look forward to reading more of your brilliant work. Do stop by and say “hello” (that’s how we Yankees pronounce it) when you’ve got the time.

  2. I agree with Angie that this post would make a great short story. I know nothing about your daughter, but would love to get to know that “character.” Very sweet.

  3. Thank you all for your comments! It was such a fun little moment I had to try to write it like it happened. Your encouragement comes at a needed moment, so thank you so much for reading and enjoying and taking the time.

    I’ll see if I can’t work a version of that funny little kid into a story. She’s actually inspired me to a thought for some children’s stories, although I never thought I would. We shall see.

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