But for much of the country, these fleeting moments of wistful longing happen in the everyday-low-prices aisles of Walmart.
This puts into wistful perspective the developing consensus that we should do something about it.
It makes me feel sort of hopeful, and I have a wistful sort of longing for it.
Andy likes watching the toddlers, but he is wistful about his old life, and somewhat defensive about his new one.
It is not clear to me that when evangelicals describe it as a cult, they are not doing so without a trace of wistful admiration.
Ulford's been like a wistful ghost, they tell me, ever since her death.
He turned round and saw before him the wistful face of Fanny!
"Only half a second," said Tchartkóff, in the wistful and beseeching voice of a child.
As we entered the ballroom, her eyes were wistful, searching, yet not expecting to find.
Such encounters have a wistful interest that can hardly be understood by the dweller in places more populous.
1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.