I was only four when my wish was granted. Fifteen years later, it remains a vivid memory. Surrounded by family and friends, I gazed up at the construction crane that suspended my bright yellow playhouse in the sky above my yard.
It took both of my parents to hold me back as I impatiently began running toward it. When I was able to go inside, I found a table and chairs, a kitchen set, an Adirondack chair fit for little me, and even a gardening set so I could tend to the flowers in the flower boxes. My favorite part was the mailbox with my name painted on it. (Knowing this, my mom wrote me letters every single day for the next two years!) My sister and I continued to celebrate long after my wish granters and guests had left. Our dad actually had to pull us out of the playhouse that night because it was past our bedtime.
Not Just a Playhouse
I never wanted to leave my new sanctuary. You see, by the time I was four, I had been to the hospital so many times because of a metabolic disorder. I could never leave when I wanted and I felt miserable whenever I was there. Now, I had a new space all my own. From the moment I stepped inside my playhouse, I had a new perspective and a sense of hope. In fact, after my wish, my health started to turn around. I became stronger and healthier and can now say that I am both alive and who I am today in part thanks to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
My wish also helped me develop a passion for community service. I was excited to finally give back to Make-A-Wish when I interned with the organization for my high school senior project in 2016. It felt like a whole new wish was granted for me! It was very interesting to see exactly what goes into granting wishes and I encourage other wish alumni to give back. It’s an amazing thing to have your journey come full circle as you help other children’s wishes become reality.
The World is Full of Magic
I’m now finishing up my freshman year of college, majoring in communications. I think about my wish often and my playhouse still stands cheerfully in my backyard. My wish not only allowed my family and me to focus on other things besides my illness. It also taught me to never give up and to remain patient, because dreams do come true. And, as I think back to my four-year-old self, eyes fixed on that flying house in the sky, I realize my wish also showed me that the world is filled with magic – you just have to believe in it!