On wishes

“A lot of wishes are made because of impatience,” I told her. “A lot of children wish they were grown up. That’s a dumb one.”

“No it’s not,” said Lemon. “But it’s not a real wish. I’ve noticed that wishes have a kind of … a husk that has to be pulled away to reveal the deeper wish, the true and golden wish, the wish that the wisher didn’t even know they wanted … for instance, when children wish for growing up, they’re not really after the age and the height. They are really wishing for respect and responsibility. They are wishing for the chance to grant their own wishes, too. So children are actually very smart. The chance to grant your own wishes is the only wish worth making.”

— Esme Raji Codell, Diary of a Fairy Godmother

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