|What's Your Dream?
Author: On the Rock PM
When a teacher assigns her students the task of asking people one question: "What's your dream?" It takes a group of four determined kids to turn this project into a mission.Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Friendship - Words: 3,071 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 01-20-13 - Status: Complete - id: 3093626
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"Okay students, over the holidays I would like you to go around your neighborhood and ask people what their dream is. You can ask your neighbors and friends, be imaginative," said Miss Alimander, "And Daniel Micheals, I will be expecting a good report from you and your amazing imagination."
"Yes Miss Alimander." Daniel replied.
After school the kids gathered together and talked about the holidays yet to come. "Hey guys what are you doing for your holidays?" Daniel asked his friends, "Well, for my holidays, I'm going to my grandparents house in Switzerland," Bert answered.
"For my holidays I'm starting a car wash," Sally said.
"I don't know about you, but for my holidays, I'm going to start a survey and get an A+ when I get back in school," said Will.
"Are you really going to do work over the holidays? The one time we can just have fun," Pete asked. All the kids huddled around waiting for the answer.
"Well, yeah, why wouldn't I? Miss Alimander asked us to to do it over the holidays."
"Daniel! William! Peter! Dinners ready!" Mrs Micheals called from the kitchen, preparing herself for the racket that would be coming down the stairs in One... Two...Three seconds, and the three boys came stampeding down the stairs.
"Thank you Mrs Micheals", Will and Pete chorused, once dinner was finished. "I'm so glad you boys enjoyed the tuscan bean soup," Mr Micheals said, "and it was so nice of Daniel to invite you over for an end of school sleepover," Mrs Micheals finished."
For the next week Will worked tirelessly to get his survey ready while the others played. Noticing his friend must be lonely Pete walked over to his window and called out, "Hey Will, do you want to play some kick ball?"
Moving to the window Will called back, "Sorry Pete, I can't play I need to finish my survey. This afternoon I'm going to start door knocking," Will answered excitement filling his voice.
That afternoon Pete, Sally and Dan watched as Will struggled to keep his survey organized while door knocking. Deciding to help his friend, Pete called to Will, "Hey, Will, do you need some help?" Will turned around and saw his three pals; Dan with his red wheelbarrow, Sally standing at her car wash, and Pete. "What have you got in mind?" Will asked.
"Here's what I've got in mind," Pete said, "Sally will hand out the surveys to her customers, while you, Dan and I go door knocking. Well Will, what do you think?"
"All I can say is, let's get started," Will said, a smile lighting up his face.
As the day neared an end, the boys grouped together to knock on the last few doors. "Last door is 23 Lanster Drive, house of Old Mrs Fositer," Dan read off his clipboard. Taking a big breathe Will said, "Here goes nothing", and knocked gently on the old door of the house everybody boys heard footsteps and tightly shut their eyes."Hello little dears, why are your eyes shut?"
Slowly eye by eye each boy opened his eyes, "Your just an old lady," Will said confused. "Why of course, darling!" Mrs Fositer said, "What else would I be?"
Not wanting to tell Mrs Fositer what all the kids thought of her, Pete decided to change the conversation, "We are doing a survey, asking people 'What their dream is?' so Mrs Fositer, what is your dream?"
"Well, come on in and I will get you some cookies and then you darlings can ask me your questions."
Inside Mrs Fositer's house, the three boys sat on the lounge eating cookies and juice. "Um, Mrs Fostier, what's your dream?" Will asked once he was comfortable. "Well, darlings my dream is to see my Adam again," said Mrs Fositer, gazing off into her memories. "Who's Adam?" Dan asked.
"Adam is Mrs Fositer's only son, but three years ago he left to join the army, and he never came back." Pete said, as he remembered his old friend. "Adam was like a big brother to me."
"Now, now, deary me. My little Adam." Mrs Fositer said, wistfully then sighed, accepting that the past is in the past. "But, back in the good old days, I had a different dream. I had a dream that I would be an acrobat."
"An acrobat!" Will screamed with delight.
"Yes deary an acrobat," Mrs Fositer said, a smile covering her face.
"Did, you become an acrobat?" Dan asked continuing the conversation.
A solemn look fell over Mrs Fositer's face, as she replied, "No, I still have that same dream of flying like an acrobat, but no, I'm too old now." Mrs Fositer stood up and walked into the kitchen holding her mug. "Well nice talking to you. You should be getting home by now. You can show yourself out," Mrs Fositer called from the kitchen. Getting the hint the kids left.
"What is a dream?" Will asked as the three friends walked home that night. Attempting to answer his friends question without really knowing the answer, Pete said, "Well, a dream can be anything, a dream is something you want to happen, or something you want to do, or see.
"For the next few weeks the four each did their part in the survey collection. Over at Sally's car wash, business was great. "Hey Jim, can you toss me that bucket!" Sally called to her older brother, who followed her directions exactly and literally tossed it to Sally, sending her way a bath of bubbles.
"Jim!" Sally screamed as the water made impact, and the bucket fell to the ground. "What? You did ask for me to toss the bucket to you. Any way your washing cars, aren't you meant to get wet?" Jim said, a smug look on his face.
"You two wash, and get ready for lunch." Their mother called from the house.
"Sally doesn't need to she's already as wet as she'll ever be," Jim said, failing at holding back a laugh. Sally was not impressed. As revenge she picked up her wet sponge and squeezed it all over her brother who was now rolling on the floor laughing, then ran inside just in time to miss the retaliation.
As the second last day of holidays came to a close the four friends had a meeting to talk about their progress. "Okay, guys at my car wash I have had 19 surveys filled out," Sally said, bringing the meeting to order. "Um, our door knocking has gotten us 15 surveys filled out," Dan said, leaving the food table.
"Will, how many surveys do we need?" Pete asked.
"Well, over the three weeks we have accumulated 34 surveys, but I want us to have 40 so each of us can have 10 surveys each to work with. That means we need 6 more surveys," Will said with a sigh.
"Then that's what we'll do!" Pete said, "We're the Cuatro Amigos! We never give up! And we're not going to start now. So who's with me?"
"I am!" Sally said, with a smile.
"I will," Will said, his eyes filled with tears of joy. Simultaneously the three turned and looked at Dan. "What about you?"
"Okay," Dan said, looking at the floor.
The next day the Cuatro Amigos woke up early in the morning to get ready for the big day ahead of them. "Are we all ready?" Pete asked.
In return his friends chorused a big "Yes".
"Okay, now today, I want us all to go together, coz Sally finished her car wash yesterday," Pete said to his friends, as they were about to split up."Okay, then where are we going first?" Dan asked."Let's go to Mr Davis's house," Will said.
When the kids arrived at Mr Davis's house, Mr Davis was sitting on the porch. "Hello kids, what are you doing out so early on this fine day?" Mr Davis asked with a smile."We're here taking a survey," Will answered."Okay then come on in," Mr Davis said, then walked into his house, the kids rushed up the stairs and into the house after him.
Inside the house, the kids started their questioning, "What's your dream?"
"Hmm, well since I was a little boy I've always dreamed of standing on a beach. I can just imagine it, the wind blowing in my face, the sand between my toes and the waves lapping at my feet." Mr Davis said dreamily, once he was finished talking he just sat there smiling as the kids said goodbye and left.
Next the kids visited Mr and Mrs Worthington. "What's your dream?"
"Well We've always dreamed of having a proper wedding." Mrs Worthington said with a sigh.
"What's a proper wedding?" Dan asked.
"Well, a proper wedding has lots of guests and my daddy walking me up the isle to Bob, with the preacher standing beside him. Then they have the ceremony with vows, and then you put real rings on each-others fingers. Then finally at the end you seal it with a kiss." Mrs Worthington explained.
"A kiss! Blech!" all four kids chorused, Mrs and Mr Worthington simply giggled.
6 hours and 4 houses later the kids walked into Sally's backyard. "Surprise!" Everybody chorused. "What's going on?"
"Well it's the last weekday of holidays, and we thought since you've all been working so hard you deserved a party." Mr Micheals said. All four kids simply smiled.
The next day, the Cuatro Amigo's gathered together. "I feel really bad guys," Sally said.
"Why?" Will asked, from the food table.
"Well, some of the people we asked had some really special dreams, and I wish we could make their dreams come true," Sally answered, her eyes starting to water.
"Your right," Pete said, "We should help these people, but we can't help everybody."
"How about we help four people, one each," Dan suggested.
"Which four?" Will asked moving towards the conversation.
"I say Mrs Fositer," Pete said.
"Do you mean we're going to help her become an acrobat?" Will asked, full of excitement."
No, we're going to help her find Adam," Pete said.
"What about the Worthingtons?" Sally suggested."Yeah, and Mr Davis! I can't imagine what it'd be like not knowing how sand feels," Will said."Who can the last person be?" Will asked thoughtfully, Dan examined the neighborhood from the window, "What about Jim?"
"Do you mean my big brother Jim? The one who's dream, which is hardly worth it, is to perform at our school?" Sally asked, not believing what she was hearing.
Trying to sound confident, Dan answered "Well, yeah!"Noticing the tension Pete knew he had to intervene, "Okay, so we have our four people, so let's get started."
"Okay the first one is find Adam," Pete said, "and I know how to do that, I've still got his email address."
"Next is the Worthingtons," Sally said. Pete paused thinking, "I know a wedding planner! I can take you there."
"Well Mr Davis is easy my Mum has a mini van so she can just drive us and Mr Davis down to the beach for the day!" Will said.
"And I can ask Miss Alimander if Jim can perform at school on Monday," Dan said, as Sally gulped.
"Okay, so it's sorted. I'll send Adam an email then take you to the wedding planner. Will you'll ask your mum if she can take us and Mr Davis to the beach tomorrow. And Dan you can go talk to Miss Alimander."
Then the four friends all put their hands in and said, "Cuatro Amigos!"
At the wedding planner, Pete and Sally walked in he doors and up to one of the desks. "Hello, when and where would you like your wedding," the lady at the desk said, never taking her eyes off the computer screen."Um, lady, we're here to plan a wedding for a friend," Pete said, sticking to business.
"Very well, what does your friend want for their wedding and when?" the lady behind the desk asked still keeping her eye on the computer screen. "Um, a proper wedding that has lots of guests and her daddy walks her up the isle to Bob, with the preacher standing beside him. Then they have the ceremony with vows, and then you put real rings on eachothers fingers. Then finally at the end you seal it with a kiss. Blech!"
"Oh, are your friends the the Worthingtons? They came in here months ago and arranged everything, we have the stuff on hold out back. So, when and where will this event take place?"
"2:00 tomorrow," Sally said.
"That is very short notice, but of course, we are Driscoff wedding planners, You call we're there! So, where do you want it?" Looking at eachother the kids knew they would have to know, "Okay, the Worthingtons are at 31 Sunshine Place," Pete said, then stood up and left the building.
Back at Pete's house he checked his emails an saw one from Adam.
Re:Come home Adam
Hey Pete, I couldn't believe it when I heard from you after all these years. Any way Pete, I would love to see you and all the guys again, and it just so happens I'm in the area visiting great uncle Harvey. So I'll stay at his place tonight then I'll drive up to your place tomorrow, I should get there by 4:00.
What do you say Bud?
When Pete finished reading the email he was just glowing with anicipation, he was going to see his hero after three long years.
"Attention!" Pete yelled, "How did you guys go on your missions?"
"Well Mum said she'd be happy to help, but it has to be in the morning," Will up Dan said, "Miss Alimander said she'd be happy to have Jim perform for us on Monday, but she needs a reason."
"Well, Jim's a really good guitarist, and we could include him in our report, like, small things can help make people's dreams come true," Sally suggested.
"Yeah, if I run over to Miss Alimanders right away I may be able to ask her, so bye," Dan said, determined to finish his mission before the day was over.
"Okay, well the rest of us should go home. It's going to be a long day tomorrow," Pete said, as Dan left the building.
The next morning, the Cuatro Amigos gathered at Will's home waiting while Will's mother finished getting ready. "Okay kids," she called from the house, "Jump in the car and I'll be there in a jiffy."
After 15 minutes of waiting she ran out of the house and hopped in the car. In 5 minutes they were outside Mr Davis's house. Mr Davis was once again sitting on the porch soaking up the sunshine. "Mr Davis!" the kids called from the car, waking Mr Davis from his thoughts. "What are you kids doing today?" Mr Davis called back.
"We're going to the beach, with you," Pete called out. Mr Davis slowly nodded his head, then opened his eye's when he realized what they had said. "Your...I'm...we're going to the beach," Mr Davis said then walked off the porch and stepped into the car, the smile never leaving his face.
As the car pulled to a stop the kids jumped out and ran straight to the beach, then turned around to watch Mr Davis as he took his first steps on the beach. The sand crunched below his feet, and between his toes, as he walked further the sea breeze began to blow in his face and water lapped at his feet. "So Mr Davis, what do you think of the beach?" Pete Davis smiled and said, "It is everything I ever dreamed of and so much more. Thank you so much."The kids spent the next three hours on the beach with Mr Davis then drove home.
By 1:56 the Cuatro Amigo's arrived at the Worthingtons, just in time forthe wedding. The wedding went perfectly. At the reception Mrs Worthington walked up to the kids, "Mrs Worthington, what did you think of your rewedding?" Pete asked."I loved it so, so much! I can't believe it! It was so special! Thank you so much!" Mrs Worthington answered, "Bob and I are so happy."
At 4:30 a green ute drove down the street, as it came to Pete's house it parked and Pete ran up to the window. "Adam, you made it!" he said, glowing with joy. "Why of course, I wouldn't let my little Bud down," Adam said ruffling Pete's hair.
"Hey Adam, come with me I've got someone for you to meet," Pete said, pulling Adam out of the car.
He ran up the street, being followed by his friends as he passed their houses, until he reached Mrs Fositer's house. He slowed down to walk up to the front door. Then he gently knocked. "Hello, who is it?" Mrs Fositer asked from behind the closed door.
"It's me, Pete, and I've got someone who want's to see you."
"Someone to see me?" Mrs Fositer asked. Pete could hear footsteps, coming closer and closer, then they stopped just before the door.
Pete held his breathe as the door slowly opened and he saw Mrs Fositer. She scanned her yard and her face lit up and she fell to the ground as she saw her son. Seeing his mother fall to the ground Adam ran towards her to help her up. "My little boy," Mrs Fositer said, her voice shaking and her eyes watering. "Mum," Adam said, wrapping his arms around his mother and hugging her.
Turning to the four kids Adam and Mrs Fositer said, "Thank you!"
At school the next day Cuatro Amigos are making their presentation for Miss Alimander, "Over the holidays, we did as Miss Alimander suggested and we took a survey of some people in our community and asked them "What's your dream". During our survey we found so many people with so many different dreams. And yesterday we helped make some of those dreams come true." Pete said.
"And today my brothers dreams are coming true, so introducing my brother Jim," Sally said, as the entire class started clapping. "Thank you kids, that was amazing you'll all get highest marks," Miss Alimander said.
Then Jim started playing, "This is for you Cuatro Amigo. You finally got one right."