Our oldest daughter turned 16 this summer. Born with multiple disabilities and an ever growing list of challenges, she greets every day with a smile and has never asked us for anything. She can't communicate, but we have learned that she is happiest when she is surrounded by family and friends. Her birthday was a week long celebration of grandparents and friends dropping in to help her celebrate.
My husband had ordered a box of wish lanterns and we launched them in the evenings whenever we had guests. Everyone had a chance to make a special wish.
We are a superstitious group and the adults didn't reveal our wishes, but I'm sure many of them were for Samantha's continued health and happiness. My 6 year old daughter must have heard the story about the genie in the bottle, because she told us that she wished Samantha could have 1,000 more wishes. Maybe that is what the rest of us
were hoping for as well.....