If i had a magic wand

If I had a magic wand…
This was the essay topic for one of our groups at the year end assessments. I opened up the answer sheets expecting wondrous stories, colorful dreams and wishes for fancy houses, big cars and luxury…for friends and happy times. I would wish for some of that along with happiness and peace and all those things you hear about so often.
I was surprised, shaken and so moved by the first essay I read. The demands were simple…each wish gave me goose bumps on my hand.
Wish no.1: If I had a magic wand, I would wish for breakfast and I would be able to eat before I went to school
Wish no.2: If I had a magic wand I would wish for my own lunch at school and my box would appear
Wish no.3: If I had a magic wand I would fly in the sky to America ..and then I would wish I could take my parents there too so they could see what I have seen.

I wonder where these little wishes came from? Is that all it would take to make this boy happy? Or is the world of possibilities that this topic throws open a world that this child does not believe in and cannot even dare to dream of?
Along with English and math and values and confidence we have to continue to work hard to help our kids dream and believe that this too can come about!

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