Jen had the following prompts to choose from:
Cameron- Create a character based upon your former coworkers/boss
Erika- “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”
Wendy- The Northern Lights and alien abductions
Amy- Introducing Specialty’s…what’s the vibe, what’s your favorite menu item, the great staff
I chose “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” My family used to say “If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry.” An internet search found the full text of the horses version, which goes on to talk about turnips as swords, but not of my family version. This got me to thinking about wishes in general.
After trying to write a long short story (long for me, a picture book writer) about a couple of tramps/hobos/beggars, I realized I should stick to what I do, short and sweet. So without further ado:
If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
If wishes were eggs, well I’d take mine fried.
If wishes were caramels, we’d all have a chew,
But everyone knows, not all wishes come true.
A wish is the same, by coin or by star,
Desire not just what you call a streetcar.
A wish is a prayer, whispered above
A hope for your life or for someone you love.
Do you wish life be easy? Do you wish to be strong?
I’m not going to judge, perhaps neither is wrong.
So make all you wishes, and have all that hope
Just know that sometimes the answer is “nope.”
Go ask the beggars, the poor walking souls,
With or without wishes, you must strive for your goals.
So when a star shoots across the night sky,
We all make a wish, I would never deny.
Wish your wishes with all of your heart,
Then work hard and finish what you start.
Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children’ book writer. Jennifer is the author of the New York Times Bestselling books “My Name is Not Isabella,” “Isabella Girl on the Go,” “My Name is Not Alexander.” Her newest book “Isabella Star of the Story” is out now. After working in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area to read, write, and try to get out of housework. She lives with her husband and three children and her little dog, too.