This morning, The Finicky Cynic sent out her latest writing prompt for “June Jour”:
Imagine you stumble across a genie who would grant you three wishes. What would those wishes be, and why?
That’s an interesting question to think about. I think it’s a safe bet everyone has at least one point in their lives thought about what they would wish for from that genie in the lamp or bottle or whatever. I certainly have done so, many times. But the key thing about having so many wishes would be how would you narrow the list down to just three?
While whittling down my wish list today, my mind recalled a classic Saturday Night Live sketch Steve Martin did back in the 1980s, “A Holiday Wish.” No, there’s no magic genie in it, nor any elaborate set design for that matter; it’s just Steve in an easy chair, with a decked-out Christmas tree behind him, expressing a wish about children singing in an atmosphere of peace and harmony… and a whole bunch of other stuff.
(Side note: I recall Tina Fey mentioning this as her favorite Saturday Night Live sketch, singling it out as being so well written. I can’t argue with that, but Steve really hits it out of the park with a delivery that’s smug yet still sincere.)
So, my first wish wouldn’t be the power or revenge or getting it on for a full month (ew!), but it would be money. Not quite the “$30 million every month… tax free, in a Swiss bank account” that Steve Martin was wishing, but enough to get me by for a while, or at least enough that I can fall back on if I suddenly fall on hard times (e.g. job loss, medical issues). And if I have some money left over for things like traveling the world or donating to a worthwhile charity, that would be good, too.
My second wish would be an endless wardrobe. That’s right, an infinite rack of clothing, for both my male and female sides. I’m talking wigs, skirts, blouses, dresses, shirts, ties, slacks, even 3-piece suits if I want to be really formal. They would all be stylish, flatter my figure, and leave a good impression on anyone who turns their eyes my way.
My third wish would be for a new house in a peaceful setting. The lease for my current apartment expires next April, and I have been contemplating purchasing a house or condominium. Instead of taking out a loan with the bank and putting down a big down payment, I could have the genie conjure up a nice 2-bedroom house (maybe 3 bedrooms to accommodate that infinite wardrobe), preferably one in the countryside, settled along a tranquil pond or lake, or a river if that can’t happen. Yeah, that would be the life.
Well, now that I think of it, maybe I’m a little bit selfish with those three wishes… Okay, let’s re-rank them… First would be the wardrobe. Then, I could wish for the spacious house. Then, I would wish for the money to pay for all of that. I mean, just wishing for and then getting the wardrobe and the house without paying for them would be tantamount to stealing. And we all know stealing is against the law, right?
Well, then again, I could be more modest with my wishes, so lets start over… First, I could go for the condo in the city; the countryside would be nice and all, but it would be too far of a round trip to work for me. Then, I could go for the wardrobe, albeit not an infinite one; I mean, no house or condo could hold that many items of clothing. Then, I’d wish for the money to pay for all of it… and hopefully have some left over for a rainy day.
But I love being charitable, so maybe I would first wish for the money. I mean, there are a lot of worthy causes and organizations to assist here in Madison alone, so I’d use the money for donations and put some aside for myself. Then, I would wish for the condo, and then Wish #3 would be the wardrobe.
Oh, I almost forgot about the peace and happiness. (Thanks for the important reminder, Steve Martin.) So, I would first wish for an endless supply of happiness, not only for myself but for my family, or at least positive resolutions to any difficulties that may come our way. We’ve had our peaks and valleys over the years, so knowing there would be a light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t an oncoming train would be the best thing. Then, I could go for the money, so that I could contribute it to good causes and save the rest for me. Then, well, I would wish for a fashion consultant, because if I can’t have an infinite wardrobe, I’ll need assistance to guide me toward good choices in fashion. (I gotta make it count, right?)
So, to summarize: Happiness for my family. Money. Fashion consultant. But then… I didn’t even think about wishing for the perfect person to be my love and soul mate forever and ever. Hmmm…
Well, if I had to make one wish, it would definitely have to be this: A wish for an infinite amount of time to think about what my second and third wishes should be. Because if you can only have three wishes in your life, you really have to make them count, right?
Whatever you wish for in life, here’s hoping they all come true. And I mean that sincerely. 🙂