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If you had the chance to have three wishes (no wishing for more wishes), what would they be and why?
Okay, I admit, it would be easy to think of three easy answers:
1. That I would never get sick again.
2. That I would never get homework in the coming school year.
3. A nicer video camera.
It's also quite easy to get whatever your heart desires in three wishes, despite the whole 'no wishing for more wishes' deal. You could wish:
1. That there would be no more suffering.
2. That whatever we wanted would appear like magic at the snap of our fingers.
3. That everyone would live happily ever after.
See? You could get everything in three wishes.
Oh, whatever. So I think the question is dumb. Who ever listens to me anyway? Maybe I'd better go take my temperature to see if it's gone down a fraction of an inch yet, and go lie in bed where I belong.
I've been having annoying stomachaches lately. Sunday evening I had another one. So I sat out the whole church service, sipping tea and reciting Isaiah 40 to myself. I always recite Isaiah 40 to myself when I have stomachaches. It is very comforting.
I felt better by the time the service was over. My siblings and I went to our cousins Justin and Stephy's house, where we played soccer, ate food, and then just sat around while the guys played a game. It was during that time I began to know I was probably getting sick, because there is a certain feeling you get when you are getting sick. It's not just headache and sore throatit's a sort of woozy feeling.
When we finally got home, which took a long time due to my brother Matt's game playing, I took my temperature and had a sky-high fever.
Arg zarg. I don't want to be sick again. How will this affect my plans?
At least it's happening now, and not during school.
We were having a normal youth function at my churchsitting around, talking, and having fun. We were mostly talking about what to do for a fundraiser. Should we do another slave auction, where kids from the youth group get auctioned off as slaves and have to do their owner's bidding for the day (within reason, of course)? That was the only idea anyone threw out, even though no one seemed to like it very much.
Then Phebe said, 'I think Emily should write a play for us to perform.'
A murmur of approval and a nodding of heads swept through the room. I glowed. A play! Could I actually write a play? I've written skits before. Actually, I usually just make them up and tell people what to do so I don't have to bother with scripts. But could I write a whole play?
'Okay, I'll do it,' I said.
I'm gonna write a play! And the youth group is gonna perform it!
Wow, I have so many things planned for this year. I want to take college algebra at the community college, because I don't think I'm smart enough for advanced math, but I want to take some math this year. Plus, then I'll get some, you know, college experience.
I also want to get a job, because I can finally drive. And I'm going to be a senior, and at my school, that means I don't have to be in school full time. Oh yeah, and there is the little fact that I need money.
Somewhere, Mom found out about some community writing classes, and I think it would be so much fun to take one with her.
Oh, and now that I can drive, I can finally see if I can find some community theater or something to participate in. I'm tired of knowing nothing about drama other than what I make up.
This year I'm also probably going to be yearbook editor. I mean, Justin and I are the only ones who even know how to put pages together, and he was editor last year.
And now, this play! I'll probably have to direct it too, because who besides me can direct a play? Well, J. D. can, but I don't think he would really want to direct my play. I'll probably be put in charge of costumes too. I can't wait!
Wow. Yes, I know that is a lot. I'll probably have to drop something. Or several things. Still, I am looking forward to being busy for once.
Now I just need to get over this dumb sickness and get started!
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