The Wishing Tree

fullsizerender-7You can always wish upon a star, but in the small town of Powell, Ohio there is a special tree in front of the candy store where you can write down what you wish for and hang it on the tree for everyone to read. On a beautiful fall afternoon, Doc and I happened to come across that tree and were surprised by the wishes that were left behind.

We found out the tree was first introduced during a town festival and now has about 2,000 wishes hanging from its branches. What started out as a fun idea for shoppers turned into people being able to anonymously write down either simple requests or heart-felt desires for themselves or others. One tag read ” I wish to have a million dollars.” and then another read, “I wish all water problems were fixed on earth.”

It got Doc and I to thinking about what people we know would wish for, so when we went back to work, we posed the following question, ” If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?” The answers were varied, but here are some of them. ” I wish I had never used drugs.”, “I wish no one ever got cancer”,  ” I wish I had a safe place to live” and my favorite ” I wish I had a dog like Grover.”

When I read what people wished for, it revealed to me what is important in that person’s life right now. It touched me so deeply that I made my own wish. I wish that everyone learns that they have the power to make many of their own wishes come true.

If you could wish for anything, would you wish for?







One response to “The Wishing Tree”

  1. connie Avatar

    If I could have one wish…I think it would be that everyone had the innocence and unconditional love that our pets have towards us. I hope you are feeling better buddy. Connie