Careful What You Wish For

Archived | March 10, 2016 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I sat there at the window noticing how spring seems to be making its way into these parts early, and I’m not complaining about that, though I do have a big wish in me for just one more big ol’ storm of snow. And why not? There’s no rush far as I’m concerned. The snow is gone, I’ve seen a robin or two, and the grass is greening as I write. One more storm would be a fine thing, and then the sun would have at it and we’d be back to green by Easter.

Careful what you wish for, my mother told me when I was young, and she still says it, and now I say it, and it’s true. I’ve wished for a good number of things along the way and now and then have found myself wondering what the heck I was thinking. Of course, I don’t believe all wishes come true, and do believe wishes are simply expressions of what we desire. There’s no golden dust attached, no leprechaun, no fairies at one’s beck and call. There’s a ring of mushrooms in the yard right now, what the Irish would call a “fairy ring,” and when I saw it the little girl in me got a bit giddy, but the realistic down-to-earth woman I am reminded her of the Truth.

What I’ve learned is that you can make wishes upon stars, throw pennies in fountains, avoid all the sidewalk cracks, kiss the raffle form before you drop it in, buy lottery tickets up the wazoo, and click your heels together three times and … nothing. What I’ve learned is that it feels dang good to make a wish, but the reality of things is that if you WANT something, you can wish til the cows come home and the likelihood of anything coming true is pretty small (though the occasional fluke does exist, thank goodness for surprises.) If you want something, the best way to get it is to rise on up off your patootie and do something about it. Great Aunt Wanda Frankowski always said, “Wish in one hand and poop in the other and see what happens.” So do something. Take action. Make true your own wish.

I think you can. I know I was wishing the other day for some fresh bread. So I got up and made some. And wishing, too, for some extra money so I can get a decent recliner for the living room (this one is falling apart, seriously) and so I might plan a return trip to Ireland next spring So I applied for a part-time job, and now I’m doing some baking on the side. Wishing Mr. S would write to me more so I can have his words to read when I miss him. So I asked him, please, write to me now and then. And he did so this morning and told me I have pretty eyes. As for One More Big Snow, well. I’ll have to go get myself a blizzard at Dairy Queen, I think. Or visit a local ski resort. Or take a long cold shower. Or have patience for that first big ol’ thunderstorm.

In the meantime, I’m gonna see about that fairy ring. Stand in the middle and see what happens. You never do know.

Here’s a sweet snack for after school or a spring cleaning weekend, or a reward for finishing, at last, your taxes. An accomplishment deserving of something salty and sweet.

Cashew Snack Mix

1 bag of stick pretzels — (10 oz or so, about ¾ of a bag)
1 12 oz box of Crispix
2 cups of cashews
1 bag of bugles

Mix these 4 ingredients in a large roasting pan or 2 cake pans.

½ cup white corn syrup
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar

Melt butter over low heat and mix in corn syrup. Add brown sugar and stir together over low heat until it boils. Continue stirring 2-3 min on low boil. Pour over dry mix and gently stir to coat. Bake at 350 for 8 min. Take out and stir to coat evenly. Bake another 8 min. Pour out onto 3 cookie sheets. Try and separate mixture so it doesn’t stick together. Let cool for 5 min and continue to separate.