Dreams for Your Children
Enjoying a winter wonderland of glistening, barren trees, shrouded in sheaths of ice as snow falls, my thoughts turn toward the future. What is there to do but research and dream, and enjoy hearty soups and fragrant teas?
And so I came to that inner corner of the soul containing dreams reserved for my children. For what did I hope and pray? Would they be happy and successful? Would they be unique and unusual? Could they be their own person, forging into the future, while still remembering the heritage of their past?
“Scharf,” I answered myself, as they hit their heads, shocked that they could no longer remember a simple word here or there.
They spoke Russian well enough, but there were bits and pieces that went missing, and we had to remedy that. Which we were. But it brought me to other thoughts.
What were my dreams for my children? Had I become so caught up in day-to-day necessities (learning academic English, practicing good manners, becoming a productive member of society), that I was no longer even daring to wish wonderful things for them?
In no order at all, I thought I might list a few, you know, focus and clarify for myself, even if they were not interested at the moment, lol. One could always hope….
1. Are healthy in body, mind, and emotions.
2. Learn to care for themselves, and for others.
3. Discover the joy of family life.
4. Be able to support themselves. (Please, God.)
5. Learn the value of hard work, and smart work.
6. Become brilliant conversationalists and interesting people.
7. Develop a rich spiritual life and be of service to others.
9. Learn a few more foreign languages.
10. Be well-educated, and well-rounded, and well-traveled.
11. Engage in sports and physical activities.
12. Make the family proud of their accomplishments.
13. Have the strength of character to stand out and be outstanding.
14. One day, cultivate a family life of their own with a faithful and fun spouse.
15. Impart lasting values to their children.
16. Be sweet and thoughtful.
18. Make a mean Thanksgiving turkey, extra credit for the stuffing.
Okay, I guess I’m digressing here, but it’s been fun. What are your wishes for your children?
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