Sears Is Coming To An End
Marc Gordon - October 16, 2018


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

For those that celebrate Christmas, then you surely know that the most exciting time of the year is when the Sears Wish Book would arrive in the mail.  It’s the time to start writing out your wish list of all the toys you’ve ever wanted.

The Wish Book is something that we could look at over, and over, and over again. Especially since most of us at the time didn’t even know what the internet was yet.  It was a tradition that went on for decades, and unfortunately, it seems as though it’s coming to an end.

After 125 years, Sears has filed for bankruptcy, after billions of dollars of accumulated debt.  They claim to be attempting to reorganize their finances, and only close down some of the stores, but we’re not sure what will be.

So for now, we’re best off remembering the Wish Book as the incredible treasure that it was.  We will always remember those fancy Barbies that our parents never agreed to buy for us,  those robots, the Nickelodeon toys, the Ninja Turtles….

Needless to say, whatever ends up happening with the fate of Sears, we will always have the memories of the catalogue.