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What I want to be when I grow up.

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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  1. When my (now 31 year old) daughter was about that age we happened to drive by the local university and I mentioned that was where I went to college and that she could go there too, if she wanted. Then I asked her what she might want to go to college to be as a grown up. She thought very carefully, humming for a moment and then her face lit up and she said “When I grow up,I’m going to go to college to become a bird!”

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.