I want to be a ballet dancer when I grow up….

What were your childhood wishes?  I can think of so many of mine, some were ‘out there’ such as being a ballet dancer, or owning an orphanage, or being a famous psychiatrist, can you imagine a dancing psychiatrist being in charge of an orphanage?  I must admit, if it happened, however, it would have been pretty cool.

Some of my wishes were a bit more realistic.  I wished to be kind, generous, happy and in love with the Lord.  I’m still working toward those.  But, tis the Season for wishes and I think it is so important to always hold onto those wishes, those dreams.  They may change a bit over the years, as we become ‘oh so mature’, but they are still so necessary.  They allow us to hope, to look forward to the future with longings and desires, they give us a reason to begin again and to concentrate on brighter days ahead.

I love to listen to children when they speak of their wishes  The world is wide open for them, nothing is impossible, they dream big dreams.  Do we?  Or have we become a little too realistic, limited?  Do we see more impossibilities than possibilites?  Do we see more broken dreams than dreams come true?  Do we see more gray or pink?

Remember the words of this song (Grown Up Christmas List), and dream a little this Christmas, maybe not to Santa but to Jesus, God’s Dream Incarnate:

Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee;
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies.

Well, I’m all grown-up now,
And still need help somehow.(can you still help somehow)
I’m not a child,
But my heart still can dream.

So here’s my lifelong wish,
My grown-up christmas list.
Not for myself,
But for a world in need.

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,(and wars would never start)
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.
This is my grown-up christmas list.

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree.(wrapped beneath the tree)

Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal
A hurting human soul.

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.
This is my grown-up christmas list.

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth?
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth.
(there’d be)

No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end, oh.
This is my grown-up christmas list.

This is my grown-up christmas list.

10 thoughts on “I want to be a ballet dancer when I grow up….

  1. I love that particular song, but now will have it in my head all day. Not necessarily a bad thing.

    As for the “dancing psychiatrist being in charge of an orphanage,” you might just have something there. You could serve and entertain the children at the same time!

  2. How wonderful it is to dream like a child. After all, Jesus always wants what is best for us and He said that we should become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. But sometimes dreaming big can leave us vulnerable to others’ doubts.

    Reminds me of this poem by Langston Hughes
    The Dream Keeper

    Bring me all of your dreams,
    you dreamers,
    Bring me all your heart melodies,
    that I may wrap them in a blue cloud cloth,
    Away from the too rough fingers of the world

    🙂

  3. I did not know this song. I admire your childhood dreams! Mine were like being a choreographer, a nun much later, then work my way around the world — which I did, but thanks to my husband’s work.

    Today my dream sounds like your childhood one 🙂

    Thank you for what you give here.

    Blessings

  4. You and Susie have similar messages today (I just visited her blog) and both are so fitting for the Christmas season. And all year long for that matter. I’ve never heard the song, but it is powerful!

  5. I love this song, I have it on my Christmas playlist….I only had one main dream when I was a kid, that I woke up to find a horse looking into my window and that it belonged to ME 🙂 I grew up and figured out how much it would cost to feed them so now I have cats!

  6. Hi Andie,
    I enjoy reading about your childhood dreams, they were very admirable. I love the song Grown Up Christmas List and I do wish that as adults we’d rediscover some of the belief that no dream is too big.

  7. Andie,
    This is such a beautiful post. I’ve found myself lately going back to my childhood memories, remembering the fun and comforting things around me and my siblings. I haven’t thought about my childhood dreams until now that I read your post. First, it was being a teacher. Later, it was to be a nun. Well, I ended up being a social worker. I guess it was close enough!

    Thanks for stopping by at blog and for your sweet comment.

    Blessings.

    Doris

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