When I was a child I loved to read. Everything and anything. My mom would drop me off at the town library with money for lunch and I’d spend the whole day reading. Every day in the summers that was where you could find me.
As I grew up it didn’t change. I still love to read, although I’ve moved on from Nancy Drew Mysteries, the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley!
I have a number of childhood favourites. Heidi, Little Women, Little Men and Jo’s Boys.
The last two really struck a chord with me. Ever since I read them I wanted to have a big house with lots of kids to look after.
A childhood dream, which maybe one day may actually become an adult reality (if I ever win the big bucks on the Euromillions or lottery!)
To have a huge great big house with lots of land in the country. Stables with horses. A play area for the smaller kids.
A huge great big kitchen to cook meals and to teach kids how to cook.
A huge dining area where we can all eat meals together.
A big living area where we can all watch films together.
A den/library filled with books an comfy chairs so that everyone can curl up with a good book.
Lots of bedrooms and bathrooms so that kids can have a nice safe environment of their own.
A small set of buildings on the property to act as a kind of school, with teachers for each of the core subjects. That way the kids can get a great education and one on one dedicated help should they need it.
An area for sports. An area for music and art.
A home for children who have been hurt, abused, broken. A home where they can be loved and helped to be the best they can be and encouraged to pursue their dreams and goals.
A place where no one is turned away.
A small dedicated team of child therapists and counsellors.
A place where kids can be safe, feel save, be loved and feel loved.
A charity of sorts to ensure the establishment can remain open.
That is my childhood dream.
To be a modern day Jo March.
One day, I hope.