By Nellie Nutting
Reflecting back to my childhood, I am reminded of how often someone would inquire, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question would elicit many different responses based on the latest book I had read or who had been visiting, or even the last TV show I had watched. One minute I was marrying Prince Charming, the next becoming an astronaut or a singer. It didn’t really matter though – the person asking would encourage and accept these answers and even delight in the sharing. What happened to that little girl with the big dreams? What happened to the excitement and reinforcement of others when sharing an ultimate dream? Somewhere along the road of life the lofty became reasonable – the elaborate become basic. Dreams were cast aside to be replaced by the more acceptable “goals” with their timelines and benchmarks. Perhaps it is time to reignite the dreamer in order to energize the goals.