As a child, my friends and I often talked about the things we would wish for from a genie or a fairy. Cinderella was quite fortunate to have Fairy Godmother, who worked magic on Cinderella’s behalf. I don’t have a godmother, let alone a fairy godmother, but if I did, here are a few things that I’d wish for:
1. An ability to freeze time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself, “if only I could freeze time.” I know that my children are meant to grow, and I want that for them. I want them to become who they are meant to be. But I also want to dance in those magical moments a little longer. Those sweet tender times that seem to pass so quickly.
1. Self-folding laundry. I will cheerfully load a washer, but dread the folding. I’ve been guilty of letting clean clothes linger in the laundry basket and later fishing for things for myself or my children to wear because I am too busy (and admittedly, sometimes too lazy) to fold.
3. A green thumb. Since we’ve moved, my dream for a garden will have to be placed on hold, but long before that, we gave the whole gardening thing a whirl — and let’s just say it didn’t work out too well. But I would love to be able to prepare a meal with produce from our very own garden.
4. An ability to sew. I’d love to be able to sew a
ball gown dress for my girls. Or maybe a blanket, some cute leggings, or at the very least, a button. But alas, sewing is not my forte.
5. Culinary talent. Oh, to be gifted in the art of food preparation! How I wish I cooked food so delicious that leftovers were a rarity.
6. More hours in the day. I could use a couple more: for working, sleeping, or one-on-one time with my husband. Sometimes I find myself struggling with how to effectively use my time. I want to play with my children and have an occasional date night, but – laundry, cleaning, work, cooking, drop offs, and pickups await. But oh, does a nap sound lovely.
7. Abs. It’s been a while since I’ve seen my abs. My littlest is almost two and I’ve had a couple people ask me if I was pregnant. The only baby in my belly is a food baby. I want to resume exercising and feel better about the skin I’m in, but there are days when I already feel stretched so thin that I forgo exercising and contemplate consoling myself over ice cream.
8. No more colds. While I hate being sick myself, seeing my children sick is just awful.
9. A sleeping toddler. At 23 months old, our little one still wakes up during the night, often to request her pacifier or to tell me that she went pee-pee (“I pee-pee Mommy”). Needless to say, we’re so sleepy…
10. Increased confidence. I have always struggled in the confidence department and have missed out on many opportunities because of it. Even so, the reality is I don’t even think this is something a fairy godmother could give me. It’s a gift I need to give to myself. It doesn’t come from a wand; instead, it comes from within. I want to be more brave, and more comfortable with who I am as a wife, mother, and human being. I want to be able to always remember that my best is enough. That I am enough.
I’m stopping at 10 because I don’t want to push it, not to mention typically fairies (and genies) only grant three anyway.
What about you? What are some little things you’d wish for if you had a fairy godmother?