Friday, February 24, 2017
Dancing in My Dreams
When I was in college, I finally decided to make my father happy. He believed the only safe careers for women were nursing and teaching. Because he acknowledged I wasn’t suited to be a nurse, he pushed for teaching. I didn’t agree. That is, until I discovered twelve hours plus student teaching would qualify me for a high school teaching certificate in the state of Michigan. A slam dunk – Daddy happy and I would have another minor.
I immediately signed up for all of my education courses to be taken the next term. My favorite one, which I still use in so many ways today, was Methods, but there was another course that by reverse osmosis left its mark on me. I can’t recall the name of the course nor the subject matter, and I only remember the teacher as a screwball, but I remember most of our grade was based on a research paper. Another slam dunk for me to get an “A” in the course because it would count fifty percent in the final calculation.
One student, a football player whose name was making headlines, objected to the fifty percent factor. He wanted the paper to count at least seventy-five percent, if not more. The teacher refused. The football player sulked.
The day came to turn our papers in – one for the teacher and a copy for each member of the small
We all mocked the paper and I have no idea what grade he received, but in the end, his paper is the one that stuck with me. For it is when we visualize something long enough, that eventually we find a way to make it happen.
I visualized linking words together to write a story and it happened. I visualized my thoughts and words coming together into a book and dared to dream someone would publish that book – and it already has happened twice. Most recently, my visualization has been more physical. My waking moments concentrate on standing, walking, and fitting my reconstructed foot into a sneaker. Slowly, the details are happening in real time and I am expanding what I dare to imagine. I’m visualizing words flowing from my mind into a new book series and I’m dancing in my dreams.