In Recognizing the Uncommon Mind we discussed dreams and their associated value in living:
You’re right about dreaming. It is important for children. When those dreams reach beyond the family dynamic, however, those very dreams become dangerous.
One of my favorite assignments for my new writing students is a research project involving their parents.
The assignment is easy. The completion is tough.
I have my students ask their parents about their dreams — the wishing
kind, not the sleeping kind. Many students have never bothered to ask
their parents about their dreams and when they do, the parents are
always surprised, but happy, to answer the question.
The parents’ dreams rarely frame that current conversation or the
greater overall context of their lives.
The students come away from that assignment surprised and bewildered
their parents actually have dreams and how detailed the dreams are when
What are your parents’ dreams?
Are dreams only the domain of the young; or are dreaming and wishing
and wanting a natural expectation of coping in the human cycle of
Is dreaming dangerous in the urban core where children and parents are
stuck in a cycle of generational poverty from which many cannot escape
unless they shatter the law to confound reality and keep the dreams
Have our modern dreams become entitlements from which only the wealthy
and the established may partake?
Do we own our dreams? Or do we merely live out the expectations of
What are your dreams?