Cassie’s Wishes

Cassie took a deep breath and blew her wishes into the wind. It was getting dark and Mommy wanted her home for dinner, so she got up and watched them drift into the sunset. Satisfied, Cassie went home, washed up, and sat down at the table.

“So, Miss, what did you get up to today?” Mother smiled.

“I blew some wishes out into the world.”

Mother handed Cassie a plate of spaghetti, her favorite, and winked at her. “I’d ask you what those were, but I know that takes away their magic.”

Later, as Cassie laid her head against the soft pillow, listening to the crickets and the hoot of Chester, the barn owl, she prayed that her wishes would find the right people.

As Cassie, slept, a great wind picked up and blew those wishes around the globe, over miles of ocean and into every country of the world.

One landed the shoulder of a grieving father, as he stood at the graveside of his ten year old daughter who’d died from leukemia. An inexplicable peace began to fill his heart.

Another drifted past an ICU nurse, as she left the hospital, exhausted and discouraged from a never ending battle against COVID. Hope renewed some of her energy and lifted her spirits.

One landed in the lap of a little girl, as she sat in threadbare clothes, eating the last meal she’d have for awhile. Her rumbling belly ceased and her heart was filled with the promise of a better tomorrow.

One landed on the uniform of a police man. The years of service for his community, had lately seemed to be overshadowed by the horrific actions of a few, and the media relentlessly pelted them with negative stereotypes. He felt his discouragement fade.

The last wish will land on you, wherever you are, and whatever you are going through. It will give you strength and resilience.

Cassie woke the next day, to a better world.


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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

64 thoughts on “Cassie’s Wishes”

  1. What an extraordinary beautiful story, Mark. Goosebump worthy! I feel a bit more hopeful now as a new week begins tomorrow. Cassie’s an exceptional little girl, too. Thank you for this wonderful writing.

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      1. I have to share something with you because it just blew my mind and in a good way. As I was sitting in line today after I got my second COVID vaccination, a part of a dandelion flower blew through the open car window and landed in my hand. It almost brought tears to my eyes. I took it as a beautiful sign of love from the Universe!

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  2. A great impressive and hopeful story, Mark! Thank you for sharing. Thats true, just policemen got negative publicity, the last months. But they only do what they are told to do. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael xx

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    1. Thank you very much, Michael. Yes, the police have gotten a bad rap lately. I think we need to remember that there are a lot of good ones, who go about their daily business in a professional manner.

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