I turn 34 tomorrow. I feel 34 and some days when I get out of bed and my back hurts or my leg aches I think I’m 64. I wonder what I’ll feel like then. Everyone is asking me what I want for my birthday. Nothing really because if I want something I go buy it or save for it, I’m not good at keeping a wish list of gifts I want others to buy for me.  I am not really used to getting gifts from other people.

I have wishes though. I have things on a list that someday I would like to do or try. I have wishes for world peace, an end to sex trafficking and that child molesters will fall of the face of the planet. I wish people could understand that children don’t choose their mothers and fathers and ask to be homeless. I wish all of the children in the United States could know safe and fun childhoods. I wish we didn’t have to worry about BPA or if a child’s toy is from China and full of lead.  I wish my children knew how lucky they are but I don’t really want them to know the other side of the fence. I wish such wondrous blessings for them and their futures.

I want to ask for that kind of stuff, stuff that might seem full of fluff and sound all “Miss America” but really those are my wishes. Well okay I do wish for a full day at the spa and for the snow to melt when I wiggle my nose in the winter time!  I secretly wish I could fit into a size 6 again and have no cellulite!  I want 34 wishes that will help others and not just provide me with “stuff”. Though I know that won’t happen but when someone asks me what I want for my birthday all of those “Miss America” answers are at the tip of my tongue.

What do you wish for on your birthday when you blow out the candles?

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