You May Say I'm a Dreamer
"You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one...." ~John Lennon
I'm appropriating John Lennon's words for other reasons. Sometimes I hum this lyric in my head when I'm watching Mini Me Bookworm do something. She is truly a Mini Me, just 2.0 new and improved, and far more talented than I'll ever be.
These lyrics fit Mini Me and me to a 'T'.
What do I mean by that? She and I have similar temperaments, so much so that sometimes I feel like Mr. Bookworm has to intervene since we bicker like sisters instead of mother and daughter. Mini Me also has a similar imagination to me. Overactive and alive and often overflowing. I imagine my girl twirling around the stories in her mind. Just. Like. Me.
In fact, twirling is exactly what she did when she read John Lennon's lyrics that I quoted in one of the cards for Project Macy! I just laughed. I know my girl well.
What do I worry about for her? Sometimes I worry that she's too much in her head, like me. Sometimes I worry about her heart being broken someday. Sometimes I worry that I'm not patient enough with her because we ARE very alike. But mostly I dream about her future.
Mini Me's imagination has no limit. She lives in a world of books and characters and she has always been gifted with language, even as a toddler. (A world of books like Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers' main character in A Child of Books.) We'd have full conversations with each other way before her 2nd birthday--people often stopped me at stores to ask her age because they overheard our conversations and her large vocabulary. In fact, if Mini Me was sitting next to me right now, she'd be editing over my shoulder.
What I hope for my eldest girl is that she never stops dreaming. She has no limits and the world is open before her. And I hope that she will always share the stories in her imagination. And I imagine talking about her to the press and how she always loved to write. Because, yes, I imagine my girl as a bestselling novelist, most likely in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. And I imagine her getting published (traditionally) before me or Mr. Bookworm.
I do have some fears about our current world climate. But what I always tell my girls is that we need to respect the world around us, and we need to fight for what we believe in (EQUALITY for one thing), and in light of what's been happening in our country for the last week or so, I believe in a world that John Lennon imagined so well. May it someday be real.