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Making a wish

Making a wish

April 27, 2008

Last week when I went to open the kitchen window for the first time this year I discovered two wishbones that I had saved from recent(ish) turkey dinners. I had put them up there to dry and apparently get very dusty. The kids were excited to finally make their wishes.


They squeezed their eyes tight. My 3 yr old son wished for a “big bike” and my daughter wished for a puppy.


Then she realized that she was left with the short side of the wishbone.


Luckily her brother loves her, more than he loves his wish. Or possibly he has no idea of what exactly a wish is. In any event he handed her his half of the wishbone.

“Here, you can have my wish.” he said.


And just as my heart was exploding in a million pieces, my daughter looked up at him and yelled, “BUT I DON’T WANT A STUPID BIKE!”

Posted by Chris @ 11:47 pm  

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  1. Rechelle says:

    Fabulous photos of wish making in progress. As usual those wishes never quite turn out how we hope…

  2. kate says:

    Oh goodness I used to love wish bones growing up.

    I love her reaction. You should tell them if they tell their wish it won’t come true.

  3. Jaime says:

    oh lord! Get that girl a puppy!! LOL what a face.

  4. that girl says:

    oh man, that is CLASSIC. save these photos for when they’re older! funny.

  5. jen says:

    Oh, her answer is just priceless! LOL!

  6. Not June Cleaver says:

    OMG that sooooo puts parenting in to perspective. Honestly, I can’t think of a better example!

  7. kathi says:

    Oh God I love those precious moments!!! Way too cute.

  8. Christy says:

    Perfect. I remember “wishing” for several things with my sister. I hope all of their wishes come true!

  9. kate says:

    I honestly don’t often laugh out loud at anything on the internet, but that one cracked me up!

  10. Bronnie says:

    aaaw he’s such a sweetie!!!

    Haha.. totally love her reply!

  11. Josephine says:

    Miles is the sweetest little brother anyone can ask for. Hey, does your daughter want to trade? Mine is 20 years old, 6 ft tall, and opens doors for strangers.

  12. Genny says:

    Hilarious! I enjoyed stopping by your blog,

  13. Lisa says:

    Awwwwwww……….What a nice boy!!!!! He wanted to make his sister happy……and she wanted nothing to do with that ;)

  14. BetteJo says:

    Oh that one made me laugh out loud for real! Glad she didn’t think she was going to get that puppy when he handed her his side of the wishbone!
    Love the pictures!

  15. Jolyn says:


  16. emily says:

    tremendous. seriously one of the best blog entries ever.

  17. Heather's Garden says:

    I could just eat those precious little chubby fingers. Not only is he sweet, but he’s smart. He already knows to let a cranky lady have her way!

  18. Owlhaven says:

    Just hilarious.

    Perfect example of the type of thing that keeps mothering interesting.

    Mary, mom to many

  19. Angela says:

    I love her dress! And the fact that you manage to capture the look on her face during those frustrating moments…

    Oh and the logic in the middle of a tantrum? Classic!

  20. Trudie says:

    Goes to prove how communication cn fail even when the intentions are the best. Bless them both!

  21. Sue says:

    Bwa ha ha ha ha

  22. Brittany says:

    that make me tear up, of course until your daughter brought me back to reality. Your photos are amazing. Where did you get your daughter’s dress? I’d love to have one like that for my niece.

  23. poppy fields says:

    Excellent! One of my daughter’s might have said the same thing if she ended up with the short end…

  24. Shalini says:

    Excellent pictures! I love her dress!! (Where did you get it?)
    How very sweet of your son! My daughter and your daughter sound very much alike in temperament!

  25. maria says:

    I must say… i found your blog searching for good recipes made from scratch… and then i kept coming because every post of yours seems to be a short story in itself… amazing way to describe real life. thanks!

  26. Rebecca says:

    What a sweet brother! Your daughter is beautiful!

  27. peepnroosmom says:

    Oh that is so funny. Great pictures catching her go from smug to heartbroken to mad all in three photos.

  28. Ladybug Crossing says:

    That is hysterical!!
    Great pictures!!

  29. Sara says:

    You rigged it, didn’t you? Because yeah, a dog is what you need right now. Oh wait. Maybe that’s me…

  30. Brigitte says:

    Ah, a touching childhood moment retrospective, made completely hilarious! Too funny.

  31. Annie says:

    So, when is the puppy arriving? ;)

  32. Melissa says:

    How do you EVER keep a straight face?!

  33. Karen (from Our Deer Baby) says:

    Be careful what you wish for, it will be given to you.

    Great pictures!


  34. Denise says:

    And that pictorial is why I gave up saving wishbones. That melt down, that kindness, that scream @ kindness. I got too old for all of it and our turkeys mysteriously started coming without wishbones!

  35. ~Tammy~ says:

    If you ever revamp your blog, I suggest the wishbone photo as the header.

  36. Anne says:

    my kids did this yesterday after dinner. Had much the same reaction when one got the shorter

  37. EG says:

    I think she is going to redefine “teenage years” for you. You may have survived 5 other teens by that point, but she’s going to make you work for it.

  38. Carol says:

    Your son is such a sweetheart, bless him. I also love the way you capture your daughter right in the middle of one of her moments!! I can just feel her emotions right through the screen. Priceless :)

  39. jody says:

    What a classic set of pics. How fun would it be framed in sequence, black background, with Karen’s quote above underneath.

    Too cute.

  40. smocha says:

    That’s a great one. I wish I’d had a digital camera when my kids were young.

    Her reply: how female .LOL

  41. Susan says:

    Too funny! I think your daughter and mine would get along well.

  42. jen says:

    Gorgeous dress! You do have immaculate taste - thank goodness you had a girl to dress as I find boys *hopeless*! I have enjoyed buying clothes for my girl, though she is a bit little to appreciate it yet!

    Anyway, shallowness aside - this is a classic set of pictures, what a gorgeous young man Miles is growing up to be!

    ps how’s the No-Buy rule going? Does it extend to puppies? ;)

  43. Canadian Coco says:

    Chris, thanks for reminding me, I have a wishbone on my windowsill too. Maybe I’ll wish that someone will magically clean the dust off all my windowsills. Or better yet clean all the windows too! But I’ll probably give it to my kids to wish and cry over too ;)

  44. Kritter Krit says:

    Great pictures. Love the short-side face.

    Ah, the Big Sister/ Little Brother relationship. That was totally me and my brother growing up. Him - phlegmatic, accomodating, sweet. Me - spirited (a.k.a cranky) and opinionated.

    I wouldn’t have wanted a stupid bike either! ;)

  45. Grim Reality Girl says:

    Priceless… you capture such amazing moments…. I too wish I’d had a digital camera when my two were so young…..

  46. dregina says:

    Winning is very important to big sisters. I know because I am one.

  47. mandi says:

    How sweet is that!

  48. Lilly says:

    Oh, that’s adorable. I love their conversations.

  49. SoMo says:

    Always read the fine print, wishes are non-transferable.

  50. kris says:

    Bwahahahaha! This is fantastic. Now I want one.

  51. CathyC says:

    LOL!!! where did you get her dress???? Love it!

  52. Jane says:

    It’s a good time to learn that you just can’t make a woman happy!

  53. Alisa says:

    I don’t really blame her. I wouldn’t want the bike either.
    Having one of each, I have learned that boys really are the sweeter, kinder, more caring of the species during the growing years.

  54. Law Student Hot Mama says:

    You should buy her a bike!

  55. Candy says:

    OMG that’s classic! My kids used to do the same, and my daughter, because she’s bigger, always won. I am pretty sure she cheated and the little boy didn’t get it. Come to think of it, pretty much everything she asks for she gets, so I guess there is magic in dem bones.

  56. Lovebabz says:

    God, we must have the same children! My daughter Margeaux did almost the same exact thing, except she whinned about her brother Khalil getting a bigger wish than her…oh the drama!

  57. Heather says:

    Do you have the puppy picked out? Because I would be defenseless in the face of that.

  58. Amy Girl says:

    happy to know i’m not the only one who dries out the turkey wishbones!

  59. Crisanne says:

    I, too, am completely in love with your daughter’s dress! As for the wishes, it sounds like a recording from my own home. I love how you captured each emotion in pics.

  60. Monique says:

    I made my husband come and read and sent it to both my daughters.
    You’re adorable and so are all your kids..I laughed out loud and my heart beat also:)
    I agree her her a puppy..what’s one more being to look after? You do it so well:)

    Lucky puppy it would be:)
    I made your baby shower cake this am:)

  61. Kelly says:

    That is sweet and hilarious at the same time!! I love it.

  62. InterstellarLass says:

    Hilarious! She’s a girl all right. :)

  63. carrien says:

    but she has a fabulous dress…

    Great pictures.

  64. jen says:

    Awesome! And I love that you have it all documented; I’m sure she’ll love you for that when she’s older!

  65. Isabel Kallman says:

    great photo essay. awesome captures. well done, chris!

  66. Jaime says:

    Aww, that made me teary. So sweet and so REAL. And you are SUCH a great photographer!

  67. Scout's Honor says:

    awesome post and pics.

  68. Lisa Lisa says:

    This is sooo CUTE I can hardly stand it!!!

  69. kate says:

    mmmm… does your daughter live part time at my house? because her CLONE is yelling to me from the other room as I type - Something about her twin brother not doing her bidding quickly enough….. lol

  70. jenB says:

    awwww. and poop! kids have multiple personalities.

  71. Heather J. says:

    OMG, that was priceless.
    And you have pictures.


  72. Common Mom says:


    Neither of my kids got to actually make a wish with the last wishbone . . . they each got the short end . . . and the middle fell to the ground. I’ve never seen that happen before!

  73. Suzanne says:

    There are no words for that level of preciousness and hilarity.

  74. The Lisa Show says:

    Hilarious. Makes me miss teaching kindergarten.

  75. Elizabeth says:

    Just found your site courtesy of Gretchen Rubin (Happiness Project) and I love it. Great photos and sequence on this post - what a punchline!

  76. Amy says:

    That is a classic sibling moment- the pictures capture it so well! Love this!