I read this classic book to my students at the start of fourth term and asked them to write about the places they hope to go. My purpose was three fold:
1. Get my sweet seventh graders thinking about something other than the RIGHT NOW.
2. It's absolutely cliche to do such a thing. I think every teacher they have ever had has read this to them at the end of the school year. Sometimes cliche is good.
3. Ocassionally I love to get into their heads (I stress occasionally) and figure out what is really going on. Discovering their brilliance never gets old for me, and yep, I believe they all are capable of a little brilliance here and there. It's also entertainment for me and a little tender to read what they have to say about this topic.
As I was reading their darling little responses, I came across this one...
I want to...
Go throughout all of my school years ending up with a degree in orthodontics.
Become a proffesional volleyball player.
Get married in the temple to the man of my dreams (I teach in Utah, obviously).
Start a family.
Live my life to the fullest.
The optimism and innocence of this passage struck me and I became a little weepy eyed, which is by no means unusual. I cry over everything. But it got me thinking about my own "list" and the places I hoped I would go in my life. There have been many twists and turns I had not expected in this life of mine, which I'm sure every adult can relate to. Dr. Seuss warns about the dangers of The Waiting Place, which I'm afraid I spent too much time in. At times I even struggled with decisions I made and whether or not they were the right ones. But when I look at all of it, all that my life has become, I thank my lucky stars because the path I took brought me
to this man
and these amazing kids
I found my sweet husband a few years later than I had hoped and I never imagined I'd be a step mom, but there is not an inch of my life I don't love, even the icky-slippery-not-so-fun-stuff. Seriously, I love it all.
Oh, the places you'll go!