Today is Dream Day. I am not a fan of made up holidays, but I love this idea. I spent most of my childhood dreaming. Dreaming of a husband, children, a home. I wanted to write a book. I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to have 6 daughters all with names that begin with E. I wanted to marry a man at least 6’5″. I never dreamed I would marry a “regular” nurse, have 3 noisy boys and live in the sticks.
I don’t get to spend much time dreaming these days. This morning during my five minutes with Matt I sip my coffee and think about what my dreams for the future are.
I dream that I can teach my children to give, serve,help. To judge a man’s worth truly based on the content of his character. Less Miley more Missions. I want to teach them to be wise with money, to avoid debt. I hope they can afford an education and choose a career they enjoy–that requires their talents. I dream they follow their dreams and take joy in the little things. I dream they find good partners and have families (and a half-dozen kids just as ornery as they are)! I hope they speak up when they need to and act. I want to catch them doing right. I want them to be hero’s. I want them to admit to mistakes and learn from them.
I dream the Hubs and I live through this child raisin’ thing! I dream of a time when the nest is empty that we have a little time together before we need diapers and soft food. I dream he finishes his doctorate and finds a position that uses his talent and experience. That we can pay off our debt, travel a little and get a little rest. I dream we grow and learn together and still like each other at the end of this journey.
I hope that I still have dreams to dream. I hope I can raise these boys to be good men. That I get to use my talents to help our family. I want to leave my friends and family, my community and this world a little better than I found them. I dream I can speak up when I need to. I can act when I feel the nudge. I can quit complaining and be content. I dream I can shed the things I don’t need and live with less. I wish the people around me would criticize less and encourage more. I wish I could sing more. I dream I can be happy with who I am, how I am.
I dream that reality television (except cooking shows) will be banned, that we pity celebrities and honor Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Police and Fireman. That there would be less paperwork and regulations and more looking you in the eye. I dream that people who want children would get them. That orphans would get parents. I wish I would really smile at people at WalMart and they would smile back. I wish my neighbors were friendly. I wish the world didn’t seem so up side down. I wish people in power would do what was right and not what was politically correct. I wish no one would be homeless or hungry. I dream of watching the news or reading fb without shaking my head…
Now, enough for today, I have to go make my dreams come true. What are your dreams?