These Children Have Dreams

28 Nov

I’ve been working at the LaMoyne for a few months now, and I finally was able to get inside the head of one of the students. It wasn’t in the way I thought I would. 

He got angry on the playground and stormed off to one of his “Calm Down” spots. He has seven. One is a secret, but he told me where it is, and I’ll keep it to myself so I can honor my promise. Either way, I brought him out of his angry phase by just asking one question. I really had no clue what to say to this boy, because he seemed too mature for simple, silly questions. So I asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I got quite an answer. 

“I don’t know what I want to be, but I know where I want to go!” His whole face lit up when I asked where. I had expected the names of states and cities in the U. S. Even I haven’t visited half of them. 

“Indonesia. No, Germany. England! China! Oh, and I wanna be able to speak all the languages, too! I want to go everywhere!”

We talked more about what he wanted to do when he got there, it involved touring and filming and studying and eating the exotic foods. He knew a lot about these countries. He could go on and on and on and on about them!

I also ended up telling him about my impending trip to London, and he begged to see pictures when I get back. I plan on keeping that promise, and I hope his dream will keep pushing him to do better. If you can relate what he is learning to another country, or that because he wants to travel, he needs to learn this and do well, he’ll work hard and be really proud of his work! 

Another wants to coach or play professional football, another wants to coach basketball. Some just want straight-A’s or to win their next game. 

Either way, its great to see kids dreaming big and small! 

 

~Emily

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3 Responses to “These Children Have Dreams”

  1. Megs November 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    I loved the quotation “I don’t know what I want to be…but I know where I want to go.” I think this is so important and so timely to where these children are in their lives. Often they don’t have the role models at home guiding them to the right places to go.

    My hope for these children is that they go somewhere—that they graduate high school, that they go to college, that they don’t just get a job, but that they find a career–that they follow their passion. Passion can take you places. Determination can take you places.

    You might not know the destination, but if you have a solid road map, I am sure the end location will be fantastic!

  2. Alex December 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Kids just say the most insightful things sometimes. I feel like I can relate to this boy; sometimes you know where you want to go, but not how to get there. It’s great to know that he now has someone in his life to inspire him and to help him work towards his goals…YOU! Keep up the great work and positive attitude!

  3. Dylan December 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Emily, I really thought that this was fantastic. I had a moment like this, recently, and it warmed my heart. I will be sharing a blog post, myself.

    But this REALLY was fantastic and I am so happy I got to read this.
    You’re really doing a great job, up there. When I see you taking the time to individually work with kids, I can see you getting through to them and getting them to do their work and getting them to understand it. It’s totally heartwarming.

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