We asked readers to share their “When I grow up…” memories and stories with us for a chance to win tickets to Kidz Explore — a family festival at the Mid-America Center this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Several people submitted entries.
In fact, they were so good we decided to share some of them with you.
Congrats to Karen Lawler of Omaha for winning the family 4-pack of tickets.
In my 3-year-old daughter’s eyes… well, the above photo sums it all up.
This was an image taken on her first day of preschool last fall.
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When I Grow Up I want to remain a kid at heart, with curious eyes open wide towards the night sky that is sprinkled with diamonds and wondering why. Wondering and asking those all around; exploring and feeling the mud on the ground. The rain on my face comes from clouds I have been told, which are pillows of gas explosive and bold. Hand in hand with my mija (my daughter) we will explore this great earth, from tigers in the zoo to the great ocean blue, I tell her that science is such a great tool. And when the night comes and it is time to go to bed, I tell her that when she grows up to never stop being a kid.
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Our daughter is 3. She has always told us “When I get big I want to be a grasshopper”. But as of late, it’s “When I get biggest I want to be an elephant”. All we can think of is at least she is on the right path… something bigger, longer life span and higher on the food chain?! Ha-ha! But in reality, we are excited to see what the future holds for her, because unlike most little girls her age, she is playing with dinosaurs and animals (pretend of course). And each animal always belongs to a family. Even if she does to have multiple of one animal, she will place it with another group of animals and say “this can be her family because she lost her mommy but this mommy loves her.” Lucianne is full if love for animals.
Melissa and Rob Cupich
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I asked my 7 year old son, “what do you want to do with your life when you grow up?”
His exact words…
“Umm, be a firefighter. Go to school to be a doctor, and be a good dad like my dad.”
All my life, I had dreams of opening my own day care center, it never happened. As I hear from old friends and everyone has a successful career and their dreams are all coming true, I look into their personal life… and I see that most of them are not married, and have no kids…
I am 100 percent OK that my dream didn’t come true… I got new dreams once I started a family and became a mom and wife.
When I grow up… I want to raise my children to have hopes and dreams… and make sure they understand it’s OK if those dreams change.
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