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The Wishing Star
The Wishing Star
Once upon a time in the dark night sky a star twinkled far above the earth.
Everyone knew that this was a very special star. A wishing Star.
Star light. Star bright. First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.
Children and grown ups all over the world would close their eyes and make a wish that their dreams would come true.
Summer and winter, spring and fall, the little star watched from above and he could sometimes hear, if the wind was right, the small voices of all the people below.
He could hear children wishing for jump ropes and dolls, cars and boats and toy trains. He saw grown ups wishing for love to come and loves gone by, and the little star cried ....
"How can I grant their wishes?", he thought. "I am just a little star, so far away."
On the earth far below was a little boy who waited every night for the little star.
There were other stars in the night time sky that may have been bigger and may have been brighter ... but this little star was special.
It was the first star to appear in the night time sky and the boy loved the little star.
He would close his eyes and wish .. "I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.
He would wish so long and so hard, wishing once, maybe, just for one night, the little star could come down to Earth for all to gather and all to see.
Far above in the night time sky the star heard the unselfish wish of the little boy.
"Maybe", he thought to himself, " this is a wish I can help make come true. I AM the wishing star ... so ... I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.
As the star wished, it grew brighter and brighter. Together they wished, the little boy and the star ... but nothing happened. The star just shined brighter in the night time sky.
Spring turned to summer and summer turned to fall and the little boy wished.
Winter came and the snow fell and far above in the night time sky the little star watched the earth below.
He saw the people gather, and on a breath of wind, he heard their joyful songs.
He saw them all dancing together round and round a tree. A beautiful, decorated Christmas tree!
And there he was! The BOY!
Laughing and dancing and clapping his hands! "Oh, what a beautiful tree!", shouted the boy. "If only it had a star on top."
" I wish there were a star on top too!", said a lady. "Me too!’ "So do I!"
All the people big and small held hands and danced around the tree singing, "I wish we had a star on top the Christmas Tree. Shining bright to light the night so all the world could see!"
And then ... it happened!
When enough people wish the same wish ... wishes DO come true!
The people dancing looked up and to their amazement, on top of the tree, shining brighter than ever , was the little wishing star!
For one night the people gathered around the tree to sing and dance and praise the Lord and the little star shined all about.
Much too soon the sleepy sun began to rise and the wishing star grew dimmer and dimmer.
"Please don’t go!" shouted the people.
The boy closed his eyes and wished with all his might ... "Star light. Star bright. First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight."
"I wish you could hide away from the sun and stay with us on Earth for ever. When people are alone or lonely they will find you and remember this special night of how dreams really DO come true.
The little boy heard the star say, "Keep wishing.", as he faded with the rising sun.
Winter turned to spring and spring to summer and the little boy never forgot. He knew someday, somewhere, the wishing star would come again.
Time went by and life goes on. The little boy grew older. He was going to start his first day at a new school and he felt so all alone. He wished for a friend.
So, at night, before he went to bed, he looked up into the dark night sky and wished up on the star ... Star light. Star bright. First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight." ...
"I wish that you could be here with me and with all the little children as they are starting a new school. He closed his eyes and wished."
"I wish with all my heart that you could be here, my star friend, then I’d not feel so all alone."
And the little star twinkled in the night time sky ... wishing ... wishing ... wishing.
Morning came and the wishing star was out shined by the sun, but this time he kept on wishing ... wishing ... wishing because he heard the boy say ... "Please come."
Oh, how the little star remembered shining so brightly on top of the beautiful tree. And he remembered the promise that he made to the little boy.
He knew he wanted to come back and stay on Earth for ever, but he needed a safe hiding place, so he looked and looked and at last ... There it was!
The PERFECT place to hide! How excited the little star was and how surprised the little boy would be!
His plan, he knew would work because this was the boys first day at his new school.
Scared and alone the little boy walked into his new classroom, in his new school and handed his new teacher a big bright shining red apple.
Smiling sweetly, she cut the apple and handed half to him ... And there ... in the very center of the apple for his teacher ... was the star!
His Wishing Star!
His wish HAD come true!
Hiding in each apple tree the little wishing star is here on Earth for ever.
It’s a secret ... but if you know where to look, the little star is there hiding, waiting for you too!
Star light, Star bright
I wish I may, I wish I might ...
Have some Apple Pie tonight!
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