Yesterday, in the mail, I received from my sister-in-law, Minnette (Phil’s wife), my Mother’s autograph book from her 8th grade (1938) graduation. What fun! A lot of “roses are red, violets are blue” entries. 🙂
What really stopped me in my tracks were these two pages. In the letters that my Mom and Dad exchanged during WWII, they would share their artwork. My Dad went on to make art his career as Art Director for several newspapers. My Mom, on the other hand, never pursued her passion for fashion design.
As I was growing up, around the house I would find scraps of paper with fashion sketches on them – in her desk, with the monthly bills, by the phone. I now know that her dream of becoming a Costume Designer started early and never left her. I have often wondered why she didn’t follow her dream. Was it simply because she didn’t have the money for college (as this page points out)? Or, because of the era in which she married, did my Dad’s dream take precedence because of his need to support a family? Or did she think she was not good enough? Did she try and was turned down?
I will never know the answers to these questions. If your parents or grandparents are still with you, spend time with them. Ask them about their dreams and aspirations. Find out what they were passionate about.
Let their lives inspire you to never give up on your dream. I truly wish my Mom had not.
From my heart to yours, Diane