For the January 24, 2022 KGUA Radio Writer’s Hour hosted by Peggy Berryhill and Mark Gross, we are asked to freewrite to the following prompt: I HAD a Dream…
My dream is for our five grandchildren, Brooks, Charlotte, Max, Owen, and Reese.
I have a dream…
That they have an adventurous spirit and taste other parts of the United States beyond Maine and Massachusetts. To support that dream, Hannah and I will give them the gift of experiences with us in national parks and on the coast of California.
That they have good friends for the good times and the challenging ones. Friends who listen, not solve their problems. So often our answers come from within.
That they learn to play pickleball with their grandparents.
That even when they are too cool for words, they hang out with their grandparents.
That they invite their grandparents out to breakfast on a regular basis.
That they learn to say yes to life and no often enough to set boundaries and maintain their sense of self.
That they watch La La Land and West Side Story (both the original and the Spielberg remake) with their grandfather.
That they have a sense of home wherever home may be.
That they have a sense of humor and not take themselves too seriously.
That they know that they are much more than their SAT scores and their athletic achievements.
That they do all they can to enroll at Arizona State University, the Geneseo of the West.
That they have big smiles.
That they have someone to walk the beach with.
That they, in the end, can say that they gave it their best shot.
And somewhere along the way, that they loved someone or somemany deeply.