In an earlier post (The Challenge of a Daily Post), I mentioned that at one point in my life I had wanted to be a horse or a nun or a doctor – but instead I ended up in a profession where I use my mathematical logic to analyze laws and regulations. As I was enjoying my latest adventure, I realized that I had achieved those dreams! You are wondering how could I have possibly been a horse, a nun or a doctor (or possibly all three at the same time???) — actually, it’s even better than that — I have been to wild and exotic places also — some even on different planets. No — I have not stopped taking my medication or even started taking some nifty new drugs! I have done all of this through the power of READING — yes – you know that thing like a post — but with LOTS of pages and a story line.
I learned to read when I was about 5 years old because I spent approximately 3 months in the hospital with rheumatic fever – so my mother introduced me to a world of new friends and places to keep me occupied. So, I have been…
… a horse – Black Beauty allowed be to a horse and feel the wind in my face as I raced across the fields. I was free and fast!
… a small donkey — in Brighty of the Grand Canyon. Loved this book about a little donkey whose job was to take people to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
… a nun – or even a Saint – mainly St. Theresa (the Little Flower) and also Mother Theresa — oh and there was St. Bernadette and so many more stories about saintly women who taught me courage and love of others.
… a doctor – Women Doctors of the Old West was a great book which showed me the trials that women endured to help people.
… a detective and a priest – Blackie Ryan in Andrew Greeley‘s books enabled me to not only be a priest and understand the faith of such men — but also a detective and solve crimes — great fun!
… and yes, an angel! Again Andrew Greeley wrote a wonderful story about angels who were involved in people’s lives.
I’ve also visited so many places — The Grand Canyon, Rome, New York, Ireland just to name a few here on Earth. Then you have to add the other worlds — Isaac Asimov‘s parallel universe, the planet of Pern (which has Dragons!!!), Narnia and of course, Alice’s Wonderland.
I spent many hours with my friends and I don’t regret a single moment of it. I now have friends I can visit any time and at any age. I have come to love every one of them and hate to come to the last page of our adventures — but I know that when I want to see them again, I only have to open the door and start our adventures all over again – and become a horse, a nun, a doctor, a detective, a priest or even an angel!