Three Coins in the Fountain

When I was a little girl, I always used to toss a couple of pennies, if my mom or dad had some in their pockets, into fountains to make a wish, but I haven’t done that since I was probably 10 or 11 years old, which was a long time ago.  The wishes I made never came true, because they weren’t going to come true.  You’re just tossing money into a pond of water, and that has no bearing on whether you’ll be a ballerina or win the lottery or get an A on that upcoming test or go on a date with that cute guy in study hall.  I know that sounds incredibly cynical and pessimistic, and I don’t mean to rip the veil off the proceedings, but magic isn’t real.  I’ve learned that as I’ve gotten older; you make your own magic.  If you want to be a ballerina, go to school to become one.  If you want to win the lottery, buy a few tickets.  If you want to get an A on that test, study for it.  If you want that cute guy to ask you out, don’t wait for him to do it, go ask him out yourself.

I think it’s adorable when little kids do it, because little kids are still innocent and not jaded by the rough cruelties of life, but when you’re in your teens and up….save your money.  Build up a pot and put yourself through college.


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