Wish upon a Star


This was Flea at 6pm last night.

I'd sent her upstairs to get ready for her bath, and when I popped up five minutes later she was extremely distressed. Worried she might be hurt, I asked her to tell me what was wrong.

"I can't tell you Mummy," she sobbed, tears pouring down her face. 

"You can tell me absolutely anything," I reassured her.

"It's just that..," she began, taking a deep breath to steady herself. "It's just that none of my wishes come true."

Now, that's pretty tough to hear. Flea was so heartbroken I would have done anything to cheer her up again. "What wishes do you mean, honey?"

Flea thought for a moment. "I can't tell you because then they will NEVER come true," she sniffled.

Good point.

"Okay, well, how about this – if you tell me your wishes, I promise to help you make one of them come true," I reassured her.

She snuggled into my arms. "Really?"

Well, I'm nothing if not a woman of my word. "Really," I said.

Now, this is a great thing to say to your five-year-old if you can somehow guarantee that they are wishing for a new toy, or a special outfit. You'd think I'd know by now – I don't have that child.

So, like someone walking blindfold into a bear trap, I continue: "What did you wish for, honey?"

Flea has snuggled herself into my arms, her fingers curled around mine. Her sobbing has slowed down to a sniffle, now she's confident Mummy is going to grant her wish.

"Well, I was wishing that Zara was my sister and I could live at her house, and that you would live there too," she said.

Okay, that's clearly not an option, so I move on. "And what else?"

"I wish I was a dog," says Flea. "But it has to be a Jack Russell."

Bugger. I think fast. There has to be a way out.

"That sounds ace, Flea. Just on the off-chance, have you ever wished for a Spiderman outfit?"

Thank God for that.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Nikkii
    4th February 2011 / 8:32 am

    Good recovery 😉

  2. 4th February 2011 / 10:03 am

    hahaha…You are a quick thinker, thank goodness for Spider Man!
    I adore Flea’s thinking. I really do 🙂

  3. Vic
    4th February 2011 / 11:24 am

    Quick thinking Batman. You were very nearly up the creek without a paddle though.

  4. adele- monkeying around
    4th February 2011 / 1:15 pm

    wow good quick thinking! P has an invisable dog and gets upset every day because her friends say the dog is not real. P plays with this dog constantly. just wish we could afford a house so she could have a real doggy instead she has a bed full of cuddley ones!

  5. 4th February 2011 / 1:45 pm

    Excellent recovery there.
    Has Flea ever seen The Princess and the Frog? It’s one of the geekdaughter’s favourites, and it does try to being a message of “wishing only gets you so far”.

  6. 4th February 2011 / 8:22 pm

    That was close – although i was hoping this story would end with a cute puppy lol

  7. 4th February 2011 / 8:36 pm

    She does crack me up. Missy Woo gets all emotional about silly things sometimes. Lord help when she gets hormonal as well.

  8. Emma
    4th February 2011 / 9:01 pm

    That first photo made me cry, it was almost on the same par as that video.

  9. Lorraine The Party Times
    4th February 2011 / 9:51 pm

    fantastic recovery – you’re better at that than I could ever be!

  10. 4th February 2011 / 10:06 pm

    Thanks. You’ve got to be on your toes around kids, haven’t you?

  11. 4th February 2011 / 10:06 pm

    Exactly! I prescribe more films based on an ethos of pragmatism and self-sacrifice.

  12. 4th February 2011 / 10:07 pm

    I must confess – you can’t see in the pic but she was wearing her favourite spiderman underpants. So I had a hint 😉

  13. 4th February 2011 / 10:07 pm

    I am regularly up the creek without a paddle.

  14. 4th February 2011 / 10:07 pm

    Flea has 60 soft toy dogs. Bane of my life!

  15. 4th February 2011 / 10:07 pm

    She has, but she wasn’t keen because she thinks it’s a girls’ film, sadly.

  16. 4th February 2011 / 10:08 pm

    Ha! That’s Flea’s greatest wish, too.

  17. 4th February 2011 / 10:08 pm

    *shudders at the thought of hormonal Flea*

  18. 8th February 2011 / 3:15 am

    What if she wants a Spider-Man outfit that’s Jack Russell-sized?

  19. 11th February 2011 / 5:07 pm

    Quick thinking mummy. I would have probably would have been still there explaining why she couldn’t possibly be a Jack Russell. But, hey, what about a Jack Russell costume? Maybe? *ducking now* 😉

  20. 11th February 2011 / 5:08 pm

    OMG the typos in that are horrendous. Please fix them now. Please.