Friday, January 04, 2013
We are taught in childhood that ÒwishesÓ are important. We make a wish and blow out all the candles on our birthday cake; make a wish and blow all the seeds off a dandelion; make a wish and throw a coin in a fountain, well, or a pool of water; make a wish before pulling a turkey wishbone at Thanksgiving, we light a candle at church, or make a wish upon a star. Most wishes have to be kept secret (weÕre told) in order to come true.
We learn not to expect that all wishes come true. A wish is ÒhopeÓ that it could happen. As we grow older or desperate about a situation a wish often becomes a prayer. Like a wish, not all prayers are guaranteed Ð and yet, we still hold on to the hope that it is possible. And as adults we still wish before we blow out our candles, break a wishbone, look at a star, or toss a coin into the water. ÓHopeÓ lives within us forever.
If ÒourÓ particular wish did not come true for us, it is possible that it came true for someone else. Vegas is a good example of coins in a fountain. People throw coins into the water of the Volcano at the Mirage, the harbor at New York-New York, BellagioÕs fountains and various other pools of water in and out of buildings. Where do those wishes go?
The coins from the Vegas ÒNew York HarborÓ are collected once a year and donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. The Bellagio donated more than $12,000 last year to the Habitat for Humanity. Planet Hollywood resort donates their ÒwishesÓ to Opportunity Village and Boys & Girls Club. In the malls, staff remove the coins on a monthly basis. Local organizations can apply to receive donations, but they are required to sort and clean the coins themselves. The money is collected and delivered by bucket. Four to six buckets a month are collected and donated with a value of between $800 and $1,200. That is a small example of how ÒwaterÓ wishes are granted. Internationally, coins are collected, cleaned and distributed to charity.
So take heart that though you did not directly receive your wish Ð someone who needed it more than you did.