Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Make a Wish


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Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to visit my grandmother in West Virginia. Prior to construction of the interstate, we would travel twisting mountain roads to get to Mamaw’s house. My mother always gave my sister and I Dramamine, but one or both of us usually got car sick. Still, we always enjoyed the journey.

One thing I remember most about my Mamaw is she could never pass a fountain without stopping to make a wish. Even though she’s been gone for over twenty-five years, I have a vivid picture of her standing in front of a fountain. She would squeeze her eyes real tight before she made her wish and tossed the penny into the water. Sometimes she made two wishes.

As a child, I knew if you told someone what you wished for, the wish wouldn’t come true and so I never asked. Last year I was blessed to be given Mamaw’s journal, a tattered and torn record book. She started the journal after my grandfather passed way. It wasn’t something she wrote in every day, in fact, a year or more might pass before a random thought or worry was recorded.

Although Mamaw wrote about the happy times, visits with her daughters and their families, I sensed sadness escaping from each page. She wrote about the death of siblings and worries about the economy. As each year passed, she mostly wrote about my grandfather. She missed him so much and looked forward to the day they would be reunited. Reading her journal provided an answer to a little girl’s question about her Mamaw’s wishes. Her one true wish was to be with my grandfather again.

Is there something you wish for in the new year?


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

109 thoughts on “Make a Wish

  1. Your lovely post made me miss my grandma, Jill. As for a wish this year, I probably plenty, but I’ll settle for happiness for one and all.


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