Whimsical Wednesday- A Time for Wishing

Make_a_Wish_by_VefobitseqI have a fairly active imagination and sometimes catch myself engaging in a long diatribe of wishful thinking.  Today, on “Whimsical Wednesday” I decided to indulge and invite you to do the same.  You may be surprised when you give voice to some of your deepest desires.  What do you wish?

I wish that…

Fat cells came off as fast as they accumulate.  I can scoff down an ice cream sundae with extra whipped cream in minutes.  However, it takes hours to burn the calories accumulated by such an indulgence. This is grossly unfair.

I wish that…

Money did grow on trees.  I would own a nursery, although with my current gardening skills such a venture might result in bankruptcy.   Still, it would be fun to harvest dollar bills every fall and give away bundles of them for Christmas gifts.

I wish that…

I had bought a little cottage on the beach back when it was affordable.  It wouldn’t have mattered if it beach 29were small and
simple, because most of my time during the summer would be outside.  Besides, when it comes to cottages, the kitschier, the better.   How nice it would be to drink my morning coffee while watching the sun rise over the Atlantic.

I wish that…

Time travel was possible, because there are some people I would really like to dine with- Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelangelo, Elizabeth Blackwell, George Gershwin, and Corrie Ten Boom, to name only a few.  I’d love to meet the little girl who my grandmother once was, and my great, great, great-grandchildren who aren’t even yet a glimmer in a young man’s eye.

I wish that…

The days didn’t pass so quickly.  For all its trappings, I love this life and wish it didn’t speed by at such a breakneck pace.  There is never enough time to spend with loved ones, or watch old movies on TV, or sew, or write or splash in puddles during an August rain.

I wish that…

Every child had at least eighteen years of unconditional love.  I suspect that the world would have a lot fewer problems if we didn’t have to spend so much time making up for being unloved, uncared for and feeling unworthy.

I wish that…

Our culture would stop sending subliminal messages to children that hold them to impossible standards of beauty and body shape.  If we put as much energy into shaping our insides as we do to our outsides, there would be no more eating disorders and many more random acts of kindness.

I wish that…

Time1Life gave us equal time for play as it does for work.  Can you imagine how much fun it would be to have an eight day week- four for work and four for play?  Who says we have to be on a seven day cycle anyway? After all, this is wishing…

I wish that…

We could, as Cher put it, turn back time.  I would do a few things differently.  I would have been more patient with my children.  I would have been more understanding of my father and spent more time with him and my mother.  I would have laughed more and loved better, and taken a vacation more than once every thirty years.

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  1. Terry Ohlson-Martin

     /  May 21, 2014

    Nice job Garrie – and based on this I assume you are planning another vacation for the coming year 🙂

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    • Garrie Madison Stoutimore

       /  May 22, 2014

      Don’t I wish! No plans for vacation this spring or summer. However, since I will soon have a little grandson to cuddle, I’ll consider that a vacation.

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  2. Robin

     /  May 23, 2014

    I wish I could sit on the beach and listen to Mom, Grammie, and Aunt Betty talk and laugh, Ride the waves with Dad, and take a bike ride to Fuller’s Garden.
    I wish I could take away the heartache from my son.
    I wish I could run again, take long walks, drive myself wherever I want to go, do my own grocery shopping.
    I wish I could be the kind of grandmother I always dreamed of being to Luke.
    Life is full of disappointments and regrets, but also of unimaginable joys, wonders, and surprises. I wish to embrace each day and thank God I am alive.

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    • Garrie Madison Stoutimore

       /  May 23, 2014

      Lovely wishes. And although you may not be the kind of grandmother you dreamed of, Luke will love you just the way you are, because you are you. I’m with you in wishes, hopes and dreams.

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