Remember when you thought you would be a lawyer when you grew up?
And then you became one?
Ok, so that dream came true... but most of us didn't have quite that experience... Most of us wanted to grow up to be trapeze artists, fire fighters, professional baseball players. A cat.
And most of us didn't quite arrive there.
However we still dreamed the big dreams, played circus in our living rooms, had pretend bowls of milk to lick at (or was that just me?) & the whole purpose of being a kid is to dream big & to be secure in the knowledge that we have choices & we can dream options & we can go anywhere in our minds.
And sometimes those dreams may not be anything practical. Those dreams may be of living in a treehouse in Timbuktu, or moving to Middle Earth for tea with Bilbo Baggins.
Never should the imagination or the world of possibilities be squashed for our kids.
Always, they should be explored, celebrated & supported.
After all, eventually, most of us work out: we are not going to go up to be a cat who can sleep all day.
However the dreams, the exploration & the ideals are what count & are of course exactly what Seuss inspires in each & every one of us in "Oh, the places you'll go". He gets us excited about the future, about the unknowns - about the only known thing, being that you can achieve greatness for yourself & the world is just waiting for you.
If nothing else, this story is the perfect opportunity to let kids soar while they can & consider a plan where they get to be a pro baseball player AND a firefighter AND a storekeeper AND a Mom or Dad ALL at once - how great is that?
We will be put on our dreamer hats next week when we explore this book & share on our own hot air balloons where we might go, what we might do & who we might become!
Happy dreaming all!
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