Monday, March 28, 2011

What Do You Wish for as a Writer?

Hello, Writer Friends and Soon-to-Be Interns! I'm still planning a fabulous end to my series on how to get an internship in publishing, and I hope to have an action-packed post of epic proportions for you next week. Stay tuned!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, though, I found myself not tying up the finale this weekend; instead, I had some down time to enjoy. Since the sun has finally decided to show its face again (even if the warmth is lagging behind), I took a long walk around my neighborhood. And just as I was returning, pink-cheeked from the wind and glowing from having discovered new pockets of magic in my much-loved city, I discovered this:

It's a tree of wishes! I don't know if it started as a school project, an inspired activity to pull our (sometimes tumultous) neighborhood closer together, or some bright-eyed artist's special little piece of whimsy, but it once again reminded me of why I feel so at home here.

And on the tree, I found this:

"I wish for everyone to feel loved even in their darkest hour. Hugs to you!"

And this:

"I wish my mother will get her life together so we can live a better live."

And all three of these:

"I wish the Republicans would shut the f*ck up."
"I wish the Democrats would shut the hell up."
"I wish we could have serious conversations about serious issues rather than resorting to political name-calling—Your political party shouldn't be rooted for like your favorite sports team!"

And finally, I saw a wish I know I'd like to echo:

"more trees of wishes"

What do you wish for?


  1. That's pretty awesome. Where the heck did you find that?

  2. Justin -- just around the corner, on Washington Boulevard and Scott Street. It made me smile =)

  3. This is so awesome. Several years ago, I was lucky enough to study Shakespeare in London for a study abroad program. When I visited Saint Paul Cathedral, I spent a lot of time perusing the grounds (it has a truly stunning garden) and they had a wish tree as well. I spent about an hour reading the wishes people had left there, and it was one of the most beautiful, humanizing experiences I've been lucky enough to experience. It's so cool to see that this happens in other places, too.