Posts Tagged ‘Dream’

“All We Are Saying……”

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I was standing at the bus stop today and a kid flashed me the peace sign. He was in a car at a red light and was probably only 8 or 9. When I returned the gesture, he excitedly turned to his friends and you could almost hear him say, ”YES… !” He quickly looked back at me and I smiled and nodded my head. He smiled back. The car began to move when the light turned green and I’m glad he couldn’t see me begin to tear up.

I’m not dumb. I know he just saw an old guy who looked like a hippy with long hair and big shades – and if you see an old guy who looks like a hippy and flash him the peace sign, chances are, he’ll return the gesture. Cool. To an 8-year old, it’s just a little more fun than counting red cars on a long Thruway trip.

But maybe – just maybe – someday he’ll remember the moment and wonder why? Why did hippies make peace signs – and what did they mean? And why in the world would an old hippy want to wave it to a kid 40-friggin’ years after the first big protests against the war in Vietnam?

Because, Kid – you’ve got to have a dream. And, like the song says, if you don’t have a dream – how you gonna have a dream come true?