Written by: Kayla Sykes
I think it’s funny how the innocent mind of a child works. Their dreams, wishes, and experiments are character building at its finest. With every dream they have another story to tell, a picture to draw, or a character to play. Their wishes stem from moments in their life, tiny moments that we tend to look past, but they for some reason hold onto. Sometimes their wishes are ridiculous, and as parents we sometimes have the role of giving them a tiny dose of reality.
I’ve never told anyone this, but I once wished one of my aunts lived up my nose. I remember looking at a shooting star wishing out loud that she would live up my nose. When my mom questioned me, I responded how any 4 year old wishing someone lived up their nose would. I just wanted to pick her out to play with her whenever I wanted. The living quarters of my nose were a perfectly reasonable request, or so I thought. My mom told me that people cannot live up noses, and with her reassuring comfort of inviting Aunt Shannon over, my tiny little heart was crushed.
Watching a child’s dream come true is a difficult process when you’re not entirely in favor of their dream, much like my mother for me. Sometimes their dreams are silly, and that’s why we call them dreams. Taking a dog to school, swimming in the holy water at church, climbing on Papa’s shoulders to reach a star, holding a goldfish, and using a butcher knife to cut her own apple are some of the dreams my daughter has had. And there was also the dream of being a pickle.
A pickle? You cannot be a pickle, Elliette.
And then Halloween came around.
I want to be a pickle for Halloween!
You can read my original story here:
During a trip to Joanne Fabrics we found my Grandmother pushing around a shopping cart filled with dreams. It was filled with green fabric and intention of making a pickle for her only Great Grand Child. A simple project, that wasn’t that big of a deal. Her simple request was only to be a pickle. She wasn’t wishing a home to be built inside of a nose, like other green dreams immediately related to her. And with the confirmation of a loving Grandma, Elliette stood proud and confident when she told anyone that came in contact with her, that this Halloween… she would be a pickle.
Elliette telling a stranger she would be a pickle for Halloween
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