Be Careful What You Wish For
It seemed like any other ordinary day as Amy picked up her mail. She found a small pink envelope tucked in between the bills. She noticed that it was handwritten and addressed to Ms. Amy O’Hara with no return address. Inside the envelope was a pink note card which read: Today you have three wishes. Be careful what you wish for.
How odd, she thought. It must be a practical joke.
Since she was a student at the local community college, her thoughts turned to the upcoming biology exam. I wish I didn’t have to take this exam today. Just then her cell phone rang.
“Hi, Sue. What’s up?”
“Amy, don’t bother going to class today.”
“But we have the biology exam.”
“No, we don’t. It’s been canceled. Professor Emmers called in sick and there’s no sub available. How about going to the mall instead?”
“Sounds great. Let’s meet at the food court in twenty minutes.”
“Perfect. See you then.”
Amy went to grab her keys off the kitchen table. Then she saw the pink note card. That’s right – three wishes. Maybe the first one was the canceled biology class . . . how silly! There’s no such thing as wishes coming true. It’s just a coincidence, that’s all.
“Hi, Amy,” Sue greeted her. “Can you believe the biology exam was canceled?”
“Yeah, it’s great. Let’s go shopping; I need to find some new jeans.”
“Okay, let’s try Janet’s Closet.”
“Are you kidding? Their jeans cost a fortune, although I did see the perfect pair last week.”
“Why didn’t you buy them?”
“I couldn’t afford it. I wish they were cheaper so I could.”
“Well, let’s go in and see if we can find something – you never know.”
As they entered the store, a sales person came over to greet them.
“Hello. May I help you?”
“I’m looking for a pair of jeans. Do you have any on sale?” Amy asked hopefully.
“As a matter of fact, we do. I’ll show you what we have.”
They followed her to the back of the store. She pointed to a rack that was off in the corner.
“These are all the jeans on sale today. Please let me know if you find something.”
Amy and Sue walked over to the rack. As they were looking through the jeans, Sue pulled out a pair.
“Amy, look. They’re perfect for you.”
Amy looked up from what she was doing and couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Sue was holding the expensive pair of jeans she’d wanted. She looked at the price, which was cut down to 75% off!
“These are the pair I wanted!”
“Wow! You’re really lucky today, Amy.”
As Amy was driving home through the noon hour traffic, she couldn’t help but think about the mysterious pink card and the events that had occurred – the exam being canceled, the jeans being on sale – were those two of the three wishes? It certainly seemed that way.
But I can’t believe there’s such a thing as being granted three wishes. I’m a logical person, and it just doesn’t seem logical! But still . . .
Her thoughts were interrupted by a traffic jam. Sure enough, the cars were now bumper to bumper. The noon rush hour traffic had begun. Soon the cars were at a standstill, and Amy’s car was at the very back of the line, with no cars behind her. It seemed to her as though the line of cars in front of her were stretched as far as she could see and beyond.
If there was one thing Amy hated, it was rush hour traffic. She wasn’t a patient person, and soon she felt irritated beyond measure.
Are we ever going to move again? I’d really like to get home and get in some studying time. I know the exam we missed today will be given tomorrow. If I can get an hour’s worth of studying done, then I can sit on the deck and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Come on, come on . . . let’s get going! I wish someone would drive faster.
No sooner had the thought crossed her mind when Amy heard the sound of an engine racing. She looked in her rear view mirror and watched in horror as a black Explorer came speeding up towards her. Sitting behind the wheel was a man talking on his cell phone, and she knew he wouldn’t be able to stop in time.
Her final thought was: Be careful what you wish for . . .