Blog Party 6.0

For his sixth
blog party
, MCF asks the question, "What three wishes
can I grant you?" My gut reaction is, "Uh, dude, you got nothin’ I want." But
then I consider that he’s asking from the perspective of a fictitious genie,
and it’s all just in fun. So, if I could snap my fingers and just receive any
three things, what would I wish for? I have problems with games like this,
because I tend to overthink them. The whole three-wishes thing never works
out very well in non-Disney stories, and I’ve experienced enough of life to
know that if I got everything I asked for, I’d be much worse off than I am
now.

For example, I used to pray fervently for God to bring a specific kind of
woman into my life. I had a list of qualities I wanted in a wife, and all I
expected in return was for her to tolerate my presence and treat me kindly
for the rest of our lives. Instead, God gave me a woman with few if any of
the qualities I requested, though with quite a few better ones that I hadn’t
thought of. Even better, she loved me with a devotion I never thought possible.
I didn’t get my wish, and I’m so glad.

I think the problem is that when we sit around and think of what we would
wish for, the wishes almost invariably grow out of our insecurities. That’s
probably why God doesn’t actually allow genies to exist, and why he doesn’t
grant wishes like a fairy. He’s completely secure and in a far better position
to know what would be good for us and what would kill us.

I don’t mean to spoil the fun of the blog party. It is supposed to
be fun, after all. But now I’m all self-conscious because everyone knows that
my wishes reflect my deepest uncertainties. Oh, well. Here are my wishes, with
no further explanation:

The wisdom of Solomon

A golden egg-laying goose

Super speed

10 thoughts on “Blog Party 6.0

  1. This is why I love throwing these things. Every blogger answers the same questions, but brings his or her unique perspective and voice to the table. Same topic; different voices. That ADDS to the fun.

    You stole one of my answers, though. =)

  2. 1) Perhaps you should add to this “and the wisdom to use the wisdom of Solomon better than Solomon used that wisdom.” After all, the guy did get in heaps of messes sometimes, what with his thousands of wives and the like.

    2) Do golden eggs taste better than regular eggs.

    3) You stole one of MCF’s wishes.

  3. I don’t mean to be picky, but during the many conversations I’ve had with my geek friends concerning superpowers, I have never wavered in my desire for Barry Allen’s abilities. MCF, on the other hand, has always preferred Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Wolverine, and—in his more pedestrian moments—Superman. So technically, MCF stole one of my answers.

  4. I can’t believe I’m defending my geekhood, but I’m going to clarify some points while acknowledging that Curt HAS mentioned super speed in the past. I’ve just been feeling overwhelmed at work lately as well as depressed at how time continues to speed up(Summer is OVER, mowing lawns is behind me and shoveling snow is ahead of me), and if I got my work done faster I’d have more time to myself. In actuality, we both arrived at the same answer through individual reasoning.

    I think when Jerry posed the superhero question on his blog I picked Superman, for speed and the other range of powers. He was surprised because I hurt myself badly playing at being Spider-man when I was a kid, and when I was groggy from anesthesia before surgery I told a surgeon I was Wolverine. I can see how those stories would make you think I’d prefer their powers.

    But Green Lantern is all Jerry. I’ve always taken Quasar’s side in those discussions.

    Yep, I won’t be starting a marriage blog anytime soon at this rate. :(

  5. Jerry is totally right about not only having, but using Solomon’s wisdom. What’s with superspeed? What do you do with it? I would so much rather have the ability to heal people (and make babies sleep–and you might someday wish for that, too).

    I am SO curious. What did you think you wanted in a wife that you found out was not what you wanted after all?

  6. Your remarks about wishing for a certain kind of woman reminds me of the Garth Brooks song “Unanswered Prayers.” I’m not a big fan of modern country music, and I’m not a Garth Brooks fan, but that one song is really something special. The lyrics are worth checking out.