ROCKINGHAM — This week, the Daily Journal has published scores of local children’s letters to Santa, so in the spirit of fair play also decided to ask some grown-ups what they would like to have this Christmas if they had just one wish.
Ruby Melton of Wadesboro was shopping the Rockingham Walmart with her daughters, Jennifer and Robin Campbell.
“What I would want is to see both of them finish college,” she said.
Beth Ludlum of Marston also had her children in mind.
“I want to say ‘peace on Earth,’ but that’s very cliché, isn’t it?” she said. “That is what I want. I would love to not have to worry about war and all that, ‘cause I’ve got kids and I would love to not have to worry about their safety. I would love an end to terrorism, and just peace on Earth.”
“Just a happy family,” said Gene Jackson of Rockingham. “About half my family lives here. We’ve been blessed with everybody just loving everybody, and our Lord and Savior.”
Another out-of-town shopper thought deeply before answering.
“Hmm, one single wish for Christmas. Just one,” mused Sharon Porter of Lilesville. “I would just wish that people could be more loving and caring for one another. That would be my wish.”
Some of the adults, however, admitted they had material matters in mind.
“Hittin’ the lottery,” said Christopher Sowell from Chesterfield, South Carolina.
“I would like an RV,” said Christie Cummings of Hamlet. “Because we would like to travel the United States. That is our dream, to travel, and we don’t have an RV.”
Her husband, Thomas, added, “Peace on Earth. Jesus could bring that.”
“End world hunger,” Timmy Cox and girlfriend Cherry Sewell of Rockingham agreed. “I think that would be good.”
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