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Little Boys, Big Dreams
March 26, 2013, 10:09 am
Filed under: March 2013
Eyes on the future

Eyes on the future

March 26, 2013

This young man came to our farm a couple of weeks ago. He had a big day and enjoyed the farm.Once he became comfortable, he opened up and shared stories with us. He is a good worker, especially given his age and size. I know good workers and was impressed by the “fire” in this young fellow.

As he talked about his plans and dreams, mixed with tales of today, I found myself drifting on memories. It was not long ago, when my boys would share big plans with me. I also realized that I, myself, am still dreaming and planning for what I want to be when I grow up 😮

I am thinking it really is a journey, not a destination … this whole growing up thing. So far, I am mostly growing “old”, not so much growing “up”. I still goof off, tell corny jokes and dream of my next conquest … usually a building project!

As I listened to the little guy talk, I was reminded of a saying my mother used to say, “The bigger the boy … the bigger the toy!” Yesterday, we dug a ditch with a mini-excavator. Jake and I got a lot of work done, but boy did we have fun doing it! Even the cold didn’t slow our progress… Jake, of course, now wants one 😮 I told the guy we rented it from that I sure liked the machine, but didn’t like the payment … much easier to just rent his when one is needed!

I must say that there is nothing wrong with dreaming … as long as you put a plan in place and keep moving in that direction. It’s ok to switch directions, but make sure to make a new plan. I will say, there is much to be said for focusing on just one thing. I salute those who can. I will probably always be a dreamer, who gets things done, because I have a plan.

I dreamed I wanted to be a farmer. I ran into several roadblocks along the way, but just changed routes and kept heading towards my goal. I am surrounded by all the things I love along with an understanding wife, who sometimes shakes her head, but loves me anyway.

My advice is to follow your heart. Dream big, reach for the stars and don’t give up. This is the advice from an old little boy who dreams big.


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