Hopes and Dreams for the Future

Readers share their wishes for themselves and their loved ones.

| January/February 2010

Friend’s Dreams Come True

My friend Goldie is a quiet person. She lived on a farm for many years, where she raised her family before moving to an apartment. She stayed busy over the years baking, quilting and embroidering. She still does those things, but four years ago, she decided she needed to "live it up a little" and enjoy all the adventures life has to offer – and that’s exactly what she’s been doing.

Knowing that Goldie had always dreamed of riding in a helicopter, four years ago for her 90th birthday, her children and their families pitched in and bought her a ticket to go on a helicopter ride – and she loved it. "It didn’t even feel like I was off the ground, only that I could see everything below me, and it looked so small," she said.

Last year, Goldie turned 94, and when asked what she wanted for her birthday, she was quick with an answer. "A Harley Davidson ride with my favorite great-grandson," she said.

When Russell, her only great-grandson, found out, he was thrilled and more than happy to make it happen.

When Russell arrived at Goldie’s house, he was prepared to help his grandmother onto the motorcycle, but Goldie surprised him. She threw her leg over the Harley, wrapped her arms around his waist, and, with a wave of her hand, shouted, "Away we go!" And they did.

When asked what she wanted to do for her 95th birthday, with a big smile on her face, Goldie said, "Sky dive!"

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