When You Wish Upon A Star

“When You Wish upon a Star” is a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio. The original version was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film. The song has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company.


Listen with me:

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference on who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

This song brings joy to each of us in different ways.  To me, nothing is more magical than a New Mexico sky.  I can remember countless times growing up visiting Coe Ranch sitting on the patio watching  shooting stars go across the sky and making a wish on them all.

If I wished upon a star for Cody Rivers today what would it be?

I wish you to know how tremendously proud I am of you because of who you have always been.  You have a gift to be able to show others how to really love and know what living is really all about. You have done this for me, your Daddy and your brother and want others to feel this kind of joy.

I wish you have a complete life with hobbies, experiences and filled with joy. People often say, “as long as he’s happy!” This is true but I want more for you than watching YouTube videos several times in a row.

I wish that you will be your own advocate one day and until then, I will fight until the day I die.  Continue to show people that your disability is just one small part of who you and with your charm you will allow them in to really get to know all of you.

I wish for you to always be surrounded by people who know, respect and admire your abilities but also share new experiences with you too.

I wish for the world to have more understanding of autism and for you to have every resource available to max out your potential.

I wish you the best team of doctors, specialists and therapists. And I wish you never have to deal with insurance companies.

I wish for you to keep sharing your killer smile, your contagious laugh and bat those beautiful blues you got from your brother.

My final wish is for your brother.  Today you will attend high-school orientation Cameron Charles.  When I look at you now, handsome and strong, I don’t just see a fourteen year old young man, I see you in all of your life’s stages at once.  I see you as a newborn in my arms in the shadows of midnight, a blur of sandy blonde hair scooching down the stairs on Christmas morning, the countless first day of school photos taken in the kitchen or fireplace showing off your new backpack,  the tender realization that making a large scrub a hideout on private property was not OK with the police.  I love you Cameron Charles.  I could not be more thankful for you and proud of the young man you are becoming.  Your character and integrity are important to you.  You are finding your voice and will learn how to move forward in positions of leadership.  God will rely on you to use that leadership to model the qualities of a good, honest and loving young man. You are an amazing big brother with the best darn smile ever and Cody is beyond fortunate to have you in his life.  Be sure to savor and make wonderful memories for the next 4 years of high-school.  It will be 2020 before you know it.

Best friends heading into freshman orientation 



You and Cody have the ability to move mountains. 

I am sure my wishes will evolve in the coming years but my final wish for you both  is one day we will have an opportunity to be sitting under a New Mexico sky watching shooting stars and we will share all the wishes that have already come true.



Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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