I Have a Dream, Too

Today was MLK Day, the day we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  King was a great man with an even greater dream:  Human equality and justice in a world where people would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the wife of a black man and the mother of two mixed race boys, I share King’s dream.  As a citizen of the world and as a human being, I share King’s dream.

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Tarrs in Hollywood, Dec. 2014

But I have other dreams, too.  If I’m being honest, on a daily basis my hopes are far less global and far more self-serving.  Specifically (albeit far less importantly), I wish for …

  • thinner thighs and a higher tush
  • no gray hair, cellulite or wrinkles
  • a washer/dryer that folds clothes and puts them away, too
  • self-cleaning toilets and floors that sweep themselves
  • drama-free teen years ahead
  • and a world where dark chocolate anything is calorie-free

Yes, I admit that this list pales in comparison to the ideas outlined in MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  These are not inspirational wishes, but rather self-indulgent ones, I am aware.  But let’s be honest ladies … Who doesn’t long for more toned legs?  And peace on earth, too, of course.

Despite what you may be thinking right now, I’m really not that selfish and myopic.  I try to do my (small) part each day to make the world a little nicer … Saying “please” and “thank you,” offering a smile or a compliment, holding the door open, teaching my own boys manners and compassion, among other things.  Being kind and helping others makes me a happier person (my goal for 2015).  That’s why I do it — not for recognition or a reward.  It’s just the right way to behave.

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That said, if someone wanted to thank me with a self-cleaning toilet or some calorie-free dark chocolate truffles, I probably wouldn’t say no.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

– LJDT

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