“Mom, when I am a mommy I am going to have ten kids!”
“Wow, that’s a lot of kids. How will you keep the house clean?”
“They will be ten great helpers … And they will drink hot chocolate! Yes, we will have a LOT of hot chocolate! Our fridge will be filled with all milk!”
I didn’t laugh. I just went with it.
I hope I will always just go with it, no matter how crazy, how “out there” her dreams may be.
What if someday she has a “crazy” dream, and I tell her to go for it, so she does. What if this “crazy” dream ends up bringing some hope to this world. What if the dream my head thought could never happen ends up impacting the hearts of so many. What if…
I sometimes wonder what the Wright brothers’ mom said when they exclaimed they were going to fly? Or what Columbus’ mom muttered when he proclaimed he was going to cross the ocean? What about Christ’s mom, when he told her he was going to save the world–by dying? What did they think? I can only imagine what they thought. BUT, what did they say?
When they write my sweet girl’s story someday, may it record a mom who always said ‘go for it.’ Who always told her to reach for the stars. Who exclaimed she could when all the world told her she couldn’t. Who shouted dream even when your dream has been crushed once more.
Dream again. Dream still. Dream always.
And if your dream is suddenly no more for hot chocolate, then simply chase the next one, dear girl.
May I always be her biggest cheerleader. May we, as moms, be the one they can always count on for the “You can do it!” that we all so desperately need to hear. Perhaps some of their dreams will seem completely out there. Perhaps some may even seem too “small” to our minds.
Let them forever dream. And let them forever know that no matter what, Mom has their back.