Outside one of our go-to restaurants is a fountain. There's a number of stores and restaurants that all share a "patio" and this fountain is the centerpiece, so to speak. E LOVES the fountain. He loves to run around it, to stick his hands in it, and of course to throw pennies in it. The first time he threw a coin in, he thought long and hard before wishing that he could swim with sharks. After that, his wishes came easy. They were always quickly whispered before he threw in his coin and I didn't want to ruin the magic by asking him to repeat them. I do get the idea though that he always wishes for the same thing. So the other night, by some economic coincedence, the patio was especially quiet when we were there. I gave E his penny, and as I got ready to make my own wish, I heard, very quietly, what my son was wishing for.
"I wish that Mommy and Daddy will never leave me alone"
I still don't know if this breaks my heart or makes it swell, but it was a much bigger wish than I was expecting from the little dude. I'm not sure he'll ever stop amazing me.