Barbara: Margie, you said something the other day about “dandelion wishes” when you were a child. Will you tell us more about that?
Margie: Sure! Dandelion wishes bring me back to my childhood for two reasons. One, as I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’ve always had a deep-seated belief that things I’ve wished for (prayed for) could come true. The other is a memory I have with my grandfather, who I adored! On a hot summer day, we were out in the yard; he plucked up a dandelion and had me blow it while making a wish.
Barbara: That’s so sweet! It’s like wishing on the first star you see at night; or blowing out candles on a birthday cake and making a wish; or pulling apart the wishbone from a chicken/turkey dinner. I wonder how many of these traditions there are around the world.
Margie: This brings me back to one of our original ideas, that there is a benevolent force beyond us which can be in tune with our hearts’ desires. I think as children, practically everyone shares this space where magic lives.
Barbara: Yes! I often feel a sadness about how the belief in that space gets lost or put aside as we grow up. But the most wondrous thing about this wish practice you and I share is that we have brought ourselves back to that magic and see it manifest in our lives every day.
Margie: I absolutely agree with what you’re saying, but I want to take it a step further. The most wondrous thing about this wish practice that we have is that we can share it with others who want to return to that space they knew as children.
Barbara: Oh, I love that! Well said! I wonder if our readers would like to offer us any more of the kind of traditions, games, and other “wish works” they remember from their childhood or their culture?
Margie: I’ve noticed with many of my relatives and friends - who do not actively embrace wishing - that they joyfully share with their children and grandchildren the magic of these special traditions. It warms my heart to see this because, at some level, they are affirming wishing, whether they know it or not.
Barbara: Who would have thought that “dandelion wishes” would bring us so much richness and fun?
Dear reader, if you have any stories or traditions you would like to share with us, please contact us. We would love to hear them!
Next week, our post will be brought to you by the letter “o” for optimism!
Peace and All Good
Margie and Barbara
The Wish Mavens
This bitmoji was created by Barbara J. Dickinson with help from Margie A. Herrick.