About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make a Wish

Make a Wish
Up until a few weeks ago, the Make-a-Wish Foundation was just that, a foundation.  An organization I respected.  An organization I sent $5 or $10 to every time a letter came in the mail requesting a donation.  I believed in their premise - granting wishes to children suffering from life-threatening conditions.  And I believe in karma, so I put forth good vibes, try to do good deeds, and donate a little money.
A few weeks ago, the new school year began.  And Heather (her name has been changed for this blog) became one of my students.  On the surface, Heather looks and behaves like a typical fourth grade student - does her homework, chats with her friends, doesn’t like running in P.E.  
But Heather isn’t like every other child.  Heather is being granted her wish, and she will be missing a week of school.  Suddenly, this foundation isn’t just a foundation.  It’s a part of Heather’s life, and it’s a part of my life, because Heather is in my life.
I recently read a bit on the Make-A-Wish Foundation website.  I share with you their guiding principle: “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.”
I read and re-read that statement.  Yes, this organization does some very special work.  However, the latter part of this statement seems to be something we can all do - “enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.”  
I can, on a daily basis, do something that will enrich someone’s life.  Whether it’s a compliment on a pretty necklace, giving a hug and a kiss to a child who is missing her mother, or calling a friend to tell them “I’m thinking of you.”  
  I can do these things, and everyone can do these things.  Reading that statement, learning more about this foundation, just left me wishing every human being could read that statement.  If every human being spent their day thinking of enriching the human experience in some way (however small, however seemingly insignificant) we really could change our world for the better.


  1. Honey,

    It is amazing how the little things we do everyday can make a difference in other peoples lives.

    I Love You!


  2. It is so sad when you see a small child with a horrible illness and they are so helpless.It is wonderful that there are people out there to try and make their lives a little happier.I agree more people should try and show others a little more feeling and understanding and I think our world would be a much better place.Your writing is just WONDERFUL.

  3. I support all efforts to enrich our lives. I hope and prey that everyone has a happy life. You are a gifted writer.

    Love, Dad