My One Dream
By Maxine HennisA few years ago I belonged to a Writers' Group at our Church. This was originally written on 1/27/09.
I’ve been thinking about the idea of a Bucket List. You know, the things I’d like to do before I die. The one thing that obsessed me when I was very young, was…..I’d like to fly! Not in an airplane, or a glider, not on a parachute. I mean actually fly, you know, wings and all. The same dream that the Wright brothers had.
I recall a dream I had when I was very young. I was flying and soaring freely, with no constraints as to where I went, how long I stay in the air, or with whom I flew. In this dream I flew high, up with the eagles, soaring and floating on the wind. I soared over Pikes’ Peak and back to the prairie. I flew down into the trees along the Arkansas River, watching the water birds along the bank.
I was puzzled as to why I could suddenly fly. I planned on asking my mother about it when I returned home. When I saw her again, I asked her about it. She replied that some things are just programmed into certain individuals but that not all had the same abilities. Some individuals were better prepared to run, swim, jump, or to defend themselves. Some were more adept at providing for themselves and their families. The list was quite long and I understood exactly what she meant. I was so grateful I had been given the wonderful ability to fly.
As my dream continued, I found myself landing in some very peculiar places. Places I would have thought were impossible to access. But, of course, I could access them because I was able to reach them through my ability to fly unhindered.
The dream was so vivid and detailed. I could see the sagebrush on the prairie, and the wildflowers along the creeks. As my dream progressed, I began to realize that this was all a dream and that, when I awoke, I would be the same as before. Unable to fly.
I willed myself to continue the dream as long as possible. I willfully made myself fly recklessly around and through some trees and rocks. Suddenly I found myself falling, falling, falling……………. I had fallen out of the nest!