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Z is for Zoltar

My back is 100% better, and it only took two doses of Aleve, one dose of my prescription anti-inflammatory, and a day of rest. (Well, as much rest as I can muster in this family.) And of course, your well-wishes helped!

Which leads me today’s final post for the A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zoltar.

If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you’ve most likely seen the movie Big. Even if you aren’t a child of the ‘80s, you’ve probably seen this, since it’s one of the most iconic movies of its time. The movie is about young Josh Baskin (David Moscow), who makes a wish on a fortune-telling machine at a carnival to be Big. This results in him waking up as his thirty-year-old self (played by Tom Hanks). The rest of the movie deals with the consequences—good and bad—of getting what you wished for.

The name of the fortune-telling machine? Zoltar. You can even buy your own Zoltar fortune-telling machine if you’re so inclined (and you have the money to burn).

If I had my own Zoltar, I don’t know what I would wish for. Of course, there is the usual: world peace, no more poverty or hunger, better sitcoms and the end of reality tv. But what else?

While I was laid up with my bad back, I put together this list of wishes:

Always have enough money for the things we need. I don’t need to be a multi-millionaire. But I would like to have enough money to pay for our living expenses, for our kids’ education, for vacations, and for charitable contributions, and for any emergency that inevitably comes up. It would be nice to go out somewhere and open my wallet and have exactly enough to cover a restaurant check or new shoes.

The magic to clean up messes with the snap of my fingers, a lá Samantha from Bewitched. Housework is the bane of my existence.

The freshest, most delicious ingredients delivered to my door just when I need them. I love to cook and use fresh ingredients. But with four kids, it’s not an easy task to hit the market every day for fresh food; I have to buy my supplies ahead of time. Often, something will spoil before I get a chance to use it, or I won’t have any more of something on-hand when I’m ready to try a new recipe. It would be nice to have these things just show up when I need it.

The cure for whatever ails us. I’m tired of losing people I love to cancer and heart disease and other ailments. When it’s our time to pass, I want it to be natural and pain-free. I’m tired of seeing good people suffer.

Less traffic. It takes my husband 90 minutes to commute one-way to work. Evening rush-hour traffic often adds anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to that. We hardly see each other during the week (and one weekend a month) and he almost never makes it home in time to see the kids practice their sports or instruments.

More common sense, compassion, and compromise in our government. I’ve really been disgusted with the state of our current political system and how our politicians and political candidates conduct themselves. Nothing seems to get done. It’s like sending my sons to work together to clean their room—all I hear is blame and finger-pointing (“I didn’t make this mess!” “He’s not helping me!”). Do I need to go down and referee Congress like I do for my boys? Like I tell my boys, if I need to come down there, you ain’t gonna like it!

More time. This one is in my control now, I just need to gain better time management skills. So maybe my wish should be to have more patience and dilligence, in order to use my time more wisely.

What would you wish for? If you could have anything in the world, what would it be? Something tangible—a car, a trip? Something magnanimous—end to war, cure for cancer? Something private—another’s love, to mend a broken relationship? Share it with us below!

I promised that today’s post would be twice a good, since Saturday’s was so lame (pun intended). In honor of this being the final day of the A to Z Challenge, we are giving away this nifty little Shakespearean Insults Mug to one random commenter. Leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2012, and we will choose one lucky winner using (Make sure you’ve left an email address so we can contact you for your address!) This is just a little thank you for stopping by and we hope you’ll visit again, even after the challenge is over!


About Cate Tayler

Mom, Wife, Writer, Catholic, Thinker, Reader, Amateur Gourmand, 'Phins Fan, Superwoman--not always in that order. Fueled by passion and too much caffeine. Lost my cape--it's buried somewhere under that mountain of laundry. Once I find it, look out world!


6 thoughts on “Z is for Zoltar

  1. “I met a girlfriend
    Named Triscuit
    She said:
    A Triscuits a biscuit”

    This entry should not be included in the giveaway…as i will sidestep the request and i will steal a quote from Robert A Heinlein… “May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.”

    Great job on the challenge!

    Posted by stesta51 | April 30, 2012, 14:28
  2. Love this post. I want the same things you want….a little more money, a maid (housework just seems so futile), less suffering, less traffic, a more effective government. Most of all though, I pray for those I love who do not seek God’s guidance, that they would discover their need for Him. If we could all be humbled before God, and view life through His eyes, that would be a wonderful thing. 🙂

    Posted by mare ball | May 1, 2012, 00:13
  3. How I remember those Machines. Wow, I haven’t seen one for more than forty years now, reminds me of when I was a child. Hmm!
    Big, a good movie with some surprising but interesting turns, glad I didn’t get a wish like that answered.
    I’d wish for Grand children and maybe a Granny for me 🙂
    Blessings from sunny South Africa, Geoff.

    Posted by Geoffrey | May 1, 2012, 05:01
  4. I found your blog at the end of the challenge but I’m so glad I did. I plan to continue reading. Thanks for sharing your writing gift with us. Visit sometime

    Posted by In my own words | May 1, 2012, 11:26
  5. Loved your blog. 🙂 What do I wish for… well, money of course, and a PA who will clean, do laundry so I can enjoy more play time. Overall, I wish for cures for all the diseases and cancer and for peace in everyone’s heart.
    Keep writing. I love it.

    Posted by jennifer hueste | May 1, 2012, 16:07
  6. Thank you all for your comments and for visiting us! Hopefully we’ll be able to keep up the pace 🙂 See today’s post for the winner of our little giveaway!

    I’ve really enjoyed getting to *meet* and *know* so many of you on the challenge!


    Posted by A Common Sea | May 2, 2012, 09:22

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