What brought you into Make-A-Wish?
Years ago, I happened upon a press release in The Caledonian-Record expressing a need for wish granters in the Northeast Kingdom, and I felt a pull to be part of this. I went to the training, submitted my application and references, and I was thrilled to be approved as a wish granter.
What made you want to be a Wish Granter?
With my figurative magic wand, I get to be part of an experience that shares happiness, healing, and hope with my wish kids...what an honor! Being a wish granter combines parts of life that are deeply important to me: listening, human connection, compassion, optimism, and empathy. I love getting to know my wish kids, their families, and their stories. It is also a privilege to stay connected with my wish kids and their families long after the wish process is over. I am in constant awe of the strong, warm, and inspiring people I know through Make-A-Wish.
What has been your most ‘magical moment’?
Each wish (and child!) is incredibly special! The magic to me is in the small moments, details, and images that make up a wish and fill scrapbooks in my mind: the first kisses from a new puppy, shining eyes at a wish reveal, shrieks of joy (and sometimes speechlessness!) when a wish child meets her favorite wrestler or Disney princess, laughter among family members as they recount adventures from a trip, blue and silver balloons and surprise parties, small arms hugging a horse’s neck, raucous laughter and warm chocolate chip cookies, teenage fingers picking at that new guitar for the first time, joined hands, family and community support, a quiet hug...
What do you do when you’re not being a ‘fairy godparent’?
I am a high school ELL (English language learner) teacher, and my husband and I have three sons, so life is full! I love to play sports, watch my sons play their various sports, cheer on the Red Sox and Patriots, read, hike, garden, adventure with my family, and be outdoors.
What do you believe it is that makes wishes so special for wish kids and their families?
For all the pain and challenges experienced by wish children and their families, a wish is so often a positive shift: a deep, healing pause, a joyful breath.