And in that flash of an instant, when I glimpsed as they wished, the portrait of my family never looked more beautiful.
My wife and I and our two daughters are on Disney family vacation. Coming back from dinner, we pass though the hotel lobby where a sparkling fountain adorns the center square.
The four of us stand together in front of the shining pool. Each with a coin in our hand, we shut our eyes; we make our wishes and throw the coins in. I peek just in time to see all four coins hit the water simultaneously. The serendipity amused me—four tiny splashes at precisely the same moment in perfect sync.
I glance their way, ‘’Did you see that?!” They had not. Instead, I caught a split-second glimmer of my wife and two little girls, transfixed with heads bowed and eyes closed, silent and still in mid-wish. And in that flash of an instant, when I glimpsed as they wished, the portrait of my family never looked more beautiful.
The Wish Thing
Behests were serious. They believed!
In a home that was neither religious nor superstitious, the kids embraced the ritual with awe and determination. Even as tiny toddlers, their behests were serious business. They believed!
Then, I don’t know when, the fountain wishes sprung. It seemed the girls couldn’t pass a cascade of water without beseeching Mom and Dad for pocket change to cast a newly minted wish. Pennies would never do; it had to be silver; the bigger the coin the better. My kids were always high-class wishers!
Wish It Now!
Yes, we mused the superstition. But it was a wonderful thing to watch our little girls covet their aspirations with faith so pure. We learned some goodness there. Self-integrity too (they never tell their wish to anyone!). So we came to value the tradition.
Thus emerged our family formula for all ages—pretend a trance; but yearn with true conviction. Wish it now!
We taught our kids to never deny their hearts’ desires. And, in turn, our children taught us how to wish again. Thus emerged our family formula for all ages—pretend a trance; but yearn with true conviction.
And so we do. Call it mysticism or prayer; but our entreaty is genuine and we aim to make our bidding count. What do you wish above all other dreams? Wish it now!
Brief Shining Moment
It’s been over a decade since I captured that precious glance of my wife and children wishing at the fountain. It was a lightning-second; a mere glimmer. But oh, how I treasure that crystal moment. When together with my family, our hearts enjoined our dreams, and the entire world seemed perfect.
I will always have that brief shining moment. Always.
I will always have that brief shining moment.