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A Haiku - Wishing

Updated on March 11, 2015

Wishing may not make it so, but it can't hurt either.

Wishes are the soul's expression of desire.
Wishes are the soul's expression of desire. | Source

A birthday cake wish...

"Make a wish" they said,

The child dutifully did.

"Don't tell." She didn't.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"It came true" she said.

"What did?" they asked...startled they.

"To eat cake right now!"


In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when young men and women (usually 19 to 21 years old) apply to serve as missionaries,they get medical and dental checkups first. Very often the dental checkup shows they could have impacted wisdom teeth which should be removed, if they are leaving their home countries. That is so common that it caused this real story about a birthday wish.

One of my grandsons was celebrating his fifth birthday, a big event for any child for it means they can soon begin to go to school in kindergarten class. When my grandson's birthday cake arrived, he knew to blow out the candles and did so very quickly. It is a family tradition to make a wish first, and a superstition that for each candle still burning after the first blowing, the wish, which is usually made before attempting to blow out the candles, will take that same number of years to come true.

As he blew out the candles so quickly, I wondered if he had time to remember to make a wish. So I whispered: "Did you remember to make a wish?" He said, "I did." I asked him, "What did you wish for?" His reply was both dear to me, and surprising. He said, "I wished I could have my wisdom teeth out, so I can serve a mission." I hope his come in straight and he is.

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - He is making progress as his Eagle Scout Award and a driver's license are the next goals.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wishes are great when they come true it's even better. Love your story about your grandson. Sure hope he'll fulfill his mission when he grows up. For now may all of his childhood wishes come true.