This week we attended our grandson’s graduation from Pre-School. Everyone in his class is moving on to kindergarten. It was a big deal for everyone, the kids, the parents, family members, and the teachers. The best part for me was when the head teacher introduced each child. What she did was incredible. She had asked each child what they wanted to be when they grew up. For me, some of the answers were expected, including doctors and dentists, firemen and policemen. Those I had heard before, but it was the other answers that astounded me. One girl wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up, and if she couldn’t be a mermaid, she wanted to be a unicorn. When it was announced that one little boy wanted to be a Power Ranger when he grew up, Arden whispered to me, “We really need some of those.” Another boy just wanted to have fun when he grew up.
It was those answers that got me to thinking. Where have my fantastic dreams go? When was it that I let go of what I began to think might be impossible?
The thing that impressed me about this teacher was that every answer was the right answer. No child was censored or had their dreams challenged. Every dream was presented as if it was possible. Each little face reflecting their feelings of validation. Every child received a resounding ovation after their particular plan for their life was announced.
Nick’s plan for when he grows up is to be a pilot. I know that this is not possible in this life for him, but I have never told him that. And really I don’t know what God has planned in the next life, so perhaps Nick is right. When he grows up, he might be a pilot.
What do you want to be when you grow up? What will you be? Are you dreaming big and fantastic things?
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