Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge, plan the year ahead and highlight some of our favorite episodes. Throughout the month, different members of the Cast of Wonders crew will present their favorite story of 2017.
This week’s episode is hosted by associate editor Susie Rodriguez.
A Wish and a Hope and a Dream
by M. Darusha Wehm
You have always been a princess.
When you are six years old, your hat is a cardboard cone covered in glitter glue with a cellophane veil. Your dress began life as a pillowcase in the free box at the Goodwill. Your best friend Ines has a store-bought costume, her gown soft and sky blue like Princess Karima’s. You aren’t envious, though. You love your pillowcase dress and hat that makes you almost as tall as your mother.
Ines twirls around and around until she nearly falls over, clutching you to stay upright. “Ooh, I’ll never get used to riding a magic carpet.”
You giggle and say, “That’s why I ride in a carriage pulled by eight golden ponies.”
“Can I come to the ball with you, then?” Ines sinks to the ground, her skirt billowing around her like a cloud.
“Aren’t they adorable?” Ines’s father says, his eyes crinkling.
“Yeah,” your mother says, “off in their own little world.”
“Come on,” Mr. Solano says, “that’s one of the great things about being a kid. All that imagination, all those dreams.” He looks at you then his eyes dart back to your mother. “They can be anything they want at this age. Might as well let them enjoy it.”