Cassie’s Wishes

This was originally posted back in April of 2021. As I sit here today, thinking about what’s going on in my nation’s capitol (Ottawa, Canada), just a few hours drive from here, I thought it could use a reposting.

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.

49 thoughts on “Cassie’s Wishes”

  1. A beautiful vignette, Mark, that reminds me that wishes and prayers are important parts of our Universe. We should never give them up, because they give hope ad spread love. Thank you for this wonderful reminder.

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  2. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    Mark Bierman’s timely, beautiful story touched my heart and moved me to pray for the world in more specific ways. Perhaps you’ll add your prayers, your wishes, your positive energy to Cassie’s wishes and to my prayers, and together, we’ll help to heal the good people of the world.

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  3. Perfect timing for Cassie’s Wishes, Mark! I love how her wishes were answered for individuals, and I pray for a tsunami of such answered prayers and wishes to cover the world. Praying for all Canadians right now.

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  4. I love this, Mark. The world is changing and even Canadians (known for their polite demeanors) are exempt. I still think if the extremists put some of that energy into helping instead of destroying we’d all be better off {{hugs}}

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  5. This is so beautiful, Mark. I’m a believer.
    It’s so difficult to watch what’s happening in our Country. Never did I imagine. But I remain hopeful for our healing. Thanks for sharing this message of hope and grace. The world needs it. Thank you. 🙂

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  6. Sometimes the most unexpected read causes you to well up. This was one of those times. Earth and its inhabitants desperately need Cassie’s wishes. Thanks for reposting this, Mark.


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