As a young girl, I had a frequent, elaborate fantasy involving a genie or fairy godmother or similar supernatural being and three wishes, but wishes that could not be used for worldly goods or abstract concepts like "world peace" or a million dollars. The wishes had to be used for the magical endowment of skills. (Or skillz, I suppose.)
And here are the three talents young Melanie would have wished for:
1. The ability to sing soaring arias, Broadway choruses, and pop standards with ease and staggering, heart-rending skill. (However, I would have settled for singing really sweet three-part harmonies, just like a Wilson. Or even a Phillips.)
2. The ability to effortlessly execute, with astounding technical perfection, triple toe loops, axels, and salchows, preferably in front of Olympic judges and while skating, triumphantly, to "St. Elmo's Fire." (Please keep in mind: I had been ice skating exactly twice.)
3. The ability to play the violin with total virtuosity. (I have no idea. I wasn't even in orchestra. It just seemed like a good skill to fall back on if singing and ice skating didn't work out.)
So, tell me: what mad skillz would you have wished for?