“When my daughter, Lisa, was pregnant, my 3-year-old granddaughter, May, loved putting her head on her Mommy’s belly and serenading the baby with her favorite song, ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’ May just couldn’t wait to meet her sister.
“But when little Maddie was born, she had respiratory problems and was rushed to the NICU. ‘I want to sing to her,’ May begged, her eyes moist with tears. Lisa consoled her, explaining only adults were allowed in to see baby Maddie. But when hours passed with little change, our fear grew and May kept pleading to sing to her sister. Heartbroken, Lisa finally recorded May singing on her cell phone and I went with her into the NICU while May stayed behind with her dad.
“As soon as May’s voice rang out next to the incubator, we noticed the bleeping on the monitors grow steady. The baby’s breathing got stronger, so we played the song again and again. It was the turning point—the doctors labeled it a miracle.
“Four years later, Maddie and I were watching Pinocchio and as ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ came on, I couldn’t help but sing along.
“‘Is it true?’ Maddie asked, her eyes wide. ‘Can wishing on stars make dreams come true?’
“I swallowed a ball of emotion as I cradled her in my arms. ‘Yes, honey,’ I answered, thinking of May’s love for her sister. ‘It’s absolutely true!’”
—Lydia Craft, 59, Baltimore
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