When you wish upon a rock.
By James R. Warda
Years ago, my oldest son Jeremy came home from grade school with a rock. His teacher had given it to him and said it was for wishing. Little did she know that it would soon work.
You see, after planning our annual trip to Disney World, Gina arranged for her parents to join us there. But, we decided not to tell the kids so that, when her parents arrived, it would be a surprise.
So, the rock came into our lives at just the right time to turn that surprise – into magic.
The night before we left on our trip, while Gina’s parents were at our house, Jeremy told them how the wishing rock worked, while my youngest son Matthew listened carefully. Then, during dinner, Matthew asked his grandparents again if they could come with us to Disney World. Not wanting to ruin the surprise, they said they weren’t able to.
After they left, a clearly sad Matthew asked Jeremy if he could hold the rock. Then, he made a wish. And, of all the wishes he could have made, he wished that his grandparents would join us on our vacation.
Three days later, as we ate dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian, my wife got up at a pre-arranged time and left the table, then went out into the lobby to meet her parents, who had just flown in. As they stood just outside the restaurant’s entrance, Gina came back and asked Matthew if he remembered his wish.
Just as he nodded, Gina’s parents walked in. And watching our sons’ faces as they did was amazing. A moment filled with the absolute certainty that fairy tales can come true.
In fact, at Disney, they often do.
Copyright 2010, James R. Warda. All rights reserved. James R. Warda, author of Where Are We Going So Fast?, is a Speaker, Writer and Workshop Presenter on finding meaning in our moments. He has written and spoken for Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Chicago Tribune.