As a child, my friends and I often talked about the things we would wish for in the event we were ever granted a few wishes by way of a genie or a fairy. Cinderella was quite fortunate to have Fairy Godmother. She 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:
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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.
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.
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 to well. But I would love to be able to prepare a meal with produce from our very own garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No more colds – While I hate being sick myself, seeing my children sick is just awful.
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…
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, 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.
If you asked me a few years ago what I’d wish for, I probably would have listed a bunch of things – money, a house with a backyard, a new purse (and a personal chef – lucky for me, my husband cooks). However, as I’ve matured, I’ve started placing little value in things. What I want is to be more proactive and self-sufficient. I want to teach my children that with hard work and dedication, fairy godmother or not, you can have what you wish for. Whether or not you’re the best isn’t important. What matters is that you give it your best.
What about you? What are some little things you’d wish for if you had a fairy godmother?