Little Kira's Wish to Oprah, paying it forward

I told Kira that in life, we often get back more than expected by wishing for someone else. I asked her what she’d like Mary to bring for someone else, and our Kira answered, “I want Tony (my brother) to have a train.” Let me clarify that she meant a toy train. I saw the episode when you gave away the train load of cars.

Dear Oprah:

Last week a kindergarten girl named Kira sent you a wish I’m passing along. Kira goes to school across the street from the coffee shop where I frequent. Next to me on a big couch, she looked like she wanted someone to talk to as she waited for her mom. Remembering the special spark in every child, I followed a hunch that spirit wanted me do a favor for little Kira, so I asked her three questions, the first being, who she wants to be like when she grows up?

One guess who she picked.

Picture the busy scene of kids and parents invading my quiet spot, a copy of Oprah Mag used as backing for Kira to write her answers on an index card I dug out of my backpack. I asked Kira if she knew the lady who granted the wishes of little girls – Kira goes to a Catholic school – and she replied, “Mary!” I told her I know where Mary goes at night to read the wishes of little girls, and I’d take hers there. Her first wish is to be like Oprah because she’s famous and uses it to help many people, schoolgirls included like Kira.

I asked her to tell me what she sees in Oprah that she also sees in herself. Looking down at your smiling face on the cover, Kira wrote: I have prte erings like oprah. Kira is also African-American. You’re beginning to feel the scene with me.

I told Kira that in life, we often get back more than expected by wishing for someone else. I asked her what she’d like Mary to bring for someone else, and our Kira answered, “I want Tony (my brother) to have a train.” Let me clarify that she meant a toy train. I saw the episode when you gave away the train load of cars. The train too I expect is easily within your capabilities. Apex, NC has trains already. It’s the highest point on the line, why it’s named Apex.

I took Kira’s message to Mary to the rose garden where a statue of mother and child overlooks wicker baskets of fresh-cut flowers. Photocopied–I kept the original index card. After a week to think about it, I wrote to you to pass on Kira’s wish. I have an idea for a kitschy segment involving trains I’ll get to, after I tell you about the feeling my experience with Kira could be part of something larger related to our mutual effort at creating a new earth.

The day I met Kira–not an hour before–I published a story called Full Circle on my website. I wrote it after reading Brian Weiss’s, Only Love Is Real. Full Circle might open eyes through story to the journey of souls and facts of afterlife, and meeting Kira after I wrote a story where one of the main characters is named Kara sent shivers up my spine to tickle my crown. Or maybe it was just Mary’s way of telling me to pay attention. Or a coincidence I gave meaning. Either way, I’m doing as directed by the still-small voice. It was Mary’s son after all who told us that what we do unto a child we do unto Him. Now for my O’ Show episode tie-in.

Kira’s brother Tony wants a toy train, how about we get him something better: a train ride with Oprah! I hear the train horn in the distance from where I currently sit, a constant feature around here along with the good living. I thought you might also use your touch on Kira to bless her life. Someone will have to take your place someday. Wait twenty years and I know a vivacious little girl who might be able to step in.

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