This week World Wish Day is being marked, the 39th anniversary of the wish for then-7-year-old Chris Greicius that inspired the founding of the Make-A-Wish organisation in the United States.
Diagnosed with terminal leukaemia, young Chris dreamed of being a Policeman, a wish granted by the Arizona Police Department who picked Chris up from hospital in a Police Helicopter, outfitted him in a mini Police uniform and made him part of the force he so admired. To have his greatest wish come true affected Chris so much that before he died, the seven-year old asked his Mum to please make his second wish come true – to grant wishes to other sick children.
World Wish Day celebrates the hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes that have been granted over these nearly four decades – and the thousands of wishes still to come from all the Make-A-Wish affiliates across 43 countries.
Make-A-Wish New Zealand was founded in 1986. The organisation granted its first wish to 4-year-old Daniel who had leukaemia and wished to have Christmas in October.
Where there is a Wish, there is a Way say the Make-A-Wish foundation and it got me thinking about our young Kiwi Mums and what they might wish for during those very busy “bringing up baby” years.
I’ve spoken to lots of mothers over time and although wine and sleep also feature pretty high on the list, the overall consensus seems to be that cleaning and food are the number one “wish someone would do that for me” priorities.
It’s no surprise that Cleaning is top of the list, that hideous activity that gives a momentary boost of endorphin-enhancing satisfaction, but no sooner done, has to be done again. And Food, the endless meal preparation and cooking, no sooner consumed than the next one has to be planned, prepared and cooked all over again…………leaving even more cleaning to be done after every meal!
If I had my time again I think I would switch off the “I must be superwoman” gene, forgo the bought coffees and occasional KFC binges, find more ways to make that mince go further, ditch the fabulous multi-coloured ski jacket I had to have in the 1980s in favour of the half the price plain jacket I should have bought (…….especially since I don’t ski) and voila, I probably could have afforded a cleaner.
But the food, now THAT is something The Baby Pantry can help young Mums with. Easy to order, online baby meals delivered to your door (if you’re living in Christchurch and surrounds that is). Fabulous nutrient-dense baby meals, made with organic meat and vegetables with no added salt, sugar or nasties – how easy is that!!!