We were strolling through a home decoration store when I spotted the sign. “Living on Lake Time,” the sign proclaimed in tan cursive writing with a small anchor positioned in the bottom right corner. I knew the sign would make the perfect gift for my husband’s upcoming birthday.
“Why are we buying Daddy a sign that says ‘living on lake time?'” my five-year-old Maddie wondered as we carried the sign to the registers.
“Well,” I explained, “because Daddy’s biggest wish in his heart is that maybe someday we would own a lake house. This sign would look perfect hanging in it.”
“But we don’t have a lake house,” Maddie reminded me. “He’ll have nowhere to put it.”
“I know. The sign is just a gift that means we love Daddy, and we hope someday he’ll get his wish.”
We brought the sign home and hid it in the trunk of my car for weeks. The girls pinky promised they would not tell.
Maddie and Katie stayed true to their word. They never mentioned our conversation or the sign again. Yesterday, as we waited for the birthday boy to get home from work, I gave Maddie a birthday card for her and Katie to sign. I figured Maddie would write her name and Katie would add a scribble or two. I looked over at Maddie, hard at work at the kitchen table. “How do you spell true?” she asked me.
I smiled when I saw what she had written:
That’s really it, isn’t it? That’s what we want for the people we love the most – for our husbands and daddies and children and friends and moms. For their biggest wishes to come true.
Mine already have, I know that much.
Happy 40th birthday, Jerome. Here’s to big wishes.