“I made a wish!” A little girl said proudly to me, standing with her hands on her hips. Her chocolate frosted
cupcake sat on the white plate in front of her chair that she just
couldn’t seem to sit still in.
“Is it your birthday?” I asked her, sitting at the table next to her. Hoping to get some work done at the local
coffee shop, my attention had wandered when I felt someone watching me.
That someone was the most adorable little girl with long blond hair
and robin’s egg blue eyes. Her mother smiled at me in apology, but I
waved her off that it was ok. I was a sucker for kids and seemed to be
a magnet for chatty children and wandering animals.
“Noooo, it isn’t my birthday,” she giggled and then looked at me as if I
should be well aware of her secret.
“Don’t you normally only make wishes on your birthday?” Curious as to her answer, I turned in my seat to look
her in the eyes.
“Nope, you can make wishes any time you want. You don’t even need candles.”
I laughed at her breezy dialogue and intelligence that spanned years beyond her four birthdays.
“But do you need a cupcake?” I grinned.
She picked up her over sized cupcake and dutifully took a lick of her
frosting as if buying time to ponder the question. “I don’t think so.”
“I think cupcakes just make it better, though, right?” I laughed, enjoying my conversation.
The little girl’s mom handed her a napkin to wipe away the smears of
chocolate that she had on her face, but she didn’t much care she had
made a mess and instead inched closer to me. She whispered, “Maybe
you need a cupcake.”
Ready to make an excuse about dieting and a cupcake being the last thing I needed, I stopped myself. “I think maybe
you’re right. The chocolate one is good?” I asked her, pointing to
“Yup,” she sang and pranced back to her seat to finish her treat.
Money in hand, I walked up to the counter and ordered a chocolate cupcake with pink sprinkles, refilled my iced
tea and sat back in my seat. The little girl and her mom were packing
up to leave just as I went to take a bite of my dessert.
“Did you make a wish?” The little girl inquired.
“I did. Thank you for reminding me that wishes come around every day and not just on birthdays.” I winked at
the mom and offered a bright smile to the little girl as she happily
The little girl’s message was one of pure innocence, but was so true. We sometimes get so caught up in the
reality of life that we forget that there is magic all around us.
Remember to keep wishing and believing in those wishes. It is when we
forget to wish and we forget to believe when we stop receiving. There
wasn’t one ounce of doubt in that little girl’s eyes that her wish
wouldn’t come true. She believed.
Now, have you made a wish today? Cupcakes and candles are optional.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish
for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow
will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you
keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.”