Sunday, October 5, 2014


Wish (verb)  feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen.

Wishing means wanting a thing or experience you cannot possibly have no matter what you do. In short, wishing means wanting the impossible and today I want impossible things.

I wish it was still September with gloriously bright 70 degree days instead of blustery October full of drizzle and grey.

I wish I wanted to eat my vegetables as much as I want to eat candy corn and chocolate.

I wish students would grammar and spell check before turning in their papers.  I wish I could spend my time giving them meaningful feedback instead of simply serving as a proofreader.

On that note, I wish all the kids struggling with sentence structure were in one class instead of scattered throughout the day, and the kids who need pointers on language use had class together (yeah, buddy, "I seen you got that wrong there"), and the kids who need help understanding verbs (the myriad of tenses and choices and their general necessity to every sentence's meaning) had class together.  That would make teaching writing a quadzillion times easier.

I wish my knee would stop hurting and the medicine to make my knee stop hurting would stop hurting my stomach.

I wish I could reason with wingnuts. 

I wish Jax would quit pooping underneath the clotheslines.

I wish Rose would leave the houseplants alone.  (I covered the dirt with aluminum foil, we'll see if that keeps her out.)

I wish I never had to repeat myself when giving instructions.

Spill it, reader.  What do you wish?


  1. Replies
    1. Poignant, as I saw on fb you had 108 degrees! Scary hot conditions that in wet and cold upstate NY are hard to imagine!

  2. What do I wish? I wish for calm and tranquil. Which is SO flipping difficult, isn't it? I'll settle for a lunchtime date with my beagle and her corgi and goldne doodle friends ;)

  3. I wish for these allergies to chill out. Waking up with a headache & scratchy throat every day for I don't even know how long anymore has gotten beyond old....
    (And yes, I've been taking all my meds.)

  4. We could use some warm Indian summer days in October. At the MSU game on Saturday I had to dress like it was a winter day! But we had hot chili, blankets and spiked coffee and we were just fine :-)

  5. I wish so many things for the troubled world that I can't list them here. For our family I have a wish and prayer: I am wishing that the baby who will make me a great-aunt will be born with no complications. It will most likely be today!

  6. I wish I could be sure my little girl's heart was safe :-)

    If the foil doesn't work, double-sided sticky tape is helpful to keep cats off of things --maybe add some to the foil covers? They usually don't like to have things sticking to their paws :-)

  7. All very good wishes.
    I wish that when something got fixed, it stayed fixed. (For example, we are having to fix the bathroom remodel we did 3 years ago.)
    I wish I could adapt to cold weather and not freeze all winter long.

  8. I'm with you on wishing that the dogs wouldn't poop under the clothesline.

    I wish they could find Hannah Graham's body, or that whoever out there knows about it would come forward.

  9. I wish for people to be nicer to each other. I know that wish can come true if it begins with me, so today I am going to practice kindness. Practice, not perfection. I wish for you that all of the things you wish for will come true.

  10. I wish for a day off. I also wish for a clean kitchen floor...guess that will take up part of the day off.

    Hope you get your wishes!

  11. I wish the packing, moving, and unpacking at my new place would happen without any effort from me. I wish a great, full-time meeting planner job with a decent salary (and by decent I mean a figure that won't require that I find a part-time job, too, just to make ends meet) would fall into my lap without the endless applying and interviewing. I wish Himself would pull his head out of his ass and see what's really good for him. I wish my sister would pull her head out of her ass and stop being bitter about her soon-to-be-ex-husband's choices. I wish humans would stop thinking that war/violence ever solves any problem.

  12. "If wishes were horses, then beggars might ride," said a colleague long ago. I never forgot, but I haven't stopped wishing, either.

  13. I wish I could just have enough sleep; the night is never quite long enough!

  14. I wish people would get off the phone and drive.
    I wish dark chocolate salt caramels didn't have any calories.
    I wish Los Angeles got a "real" autumn and our leaves turned beautiful colors.
    I wish school administrators would listen to teachers' suggestions.
    Have a great rest of the week.
    xo jj

  15. I wish you didn't have all these wishes, because I can feel your stress coming out of my laptop screen.

    Hang in there,dear friend.

  16. I wish quite a few of the same things you do, teaching-relatedly. Yes.

    I also wish your knee would stop hurting and that the medicine you're taking to make it bearable didn't upset your stomach. That sounds just awful. Are you going to have surgery or anything...?

    And I wish I lived near to you so that I could drop off a loaf of banana bread for days when you're feeling wishful.

  17. I wish that my husband and children would neatly tuck their shoes and coats into the aligned spots instead of kicking off or dropping.
    I wish my 80 lb dog would stop figuring out how to break out of the fenced-in backyard, requiring hours of searching and tracking
    I wish that my children would watch I Dream of Genie on Hulu so I could get me some guilty pleasure nostalgia fix

  18. I wish I would win the lottery ;-)

    I hear you - I can never take NSAIDS. They tear my stomach to pieces. Hope your knee feels better soon.

  19. Wishful, a word of promise. In the spirit of wishing I wish it would rain a lot here in California since we are in a drought.

  20. "If wishes were fishes, we'd all have a feast."

    I wish my feet would stop hurting. I wish weight loss was as easy as wishing (and that low-calorie, high fiber, healthy food was tastier than candy and chocolate). I wish I was a better friend/sister/daughter/mother who could remember birthdays and send cards and gifts on time. I wish the cat didn't fear the dog. And yes, I wish the dog wouldn't poop under the clothesline.

    Dang, I'm sorry you are hurting.


Spill it, reader.