Last night I almost made the party – the Twitter party, that is. When the Five Minute Crowd gathered at Kate’s from all over the globe, chatted a while, caught up with news, and then with anxious eyes waited for THE word. The point is I didn’t make the party, darn it! Yesterday morning I was out in the yard mowing by 6:15 and last night at 10 o’clock when the FMF mob came together, guess what I was doing?
Oh, wait a sec, DREAM is the word prompt, but yep! That’s what I was doing! But I’m ready now, so here goes, timer is set…
The very moment I saw that word I thought of my favorite childhood story, Charlotte’s Web. I love everything about that story except of course when Charlotte dies. UGH. I digress.
In chapter 16, Mr. & Mrs. Zuckerman are preparing to take their prized, intelligent pig to the county fair – the night before they are to go Mr. Z has a DREAM. He dreamed that Wilbur won so many blue ribbons and his farm became famous! In fact, all the characters were having dreams that night!
Off they went to the county fair. Mr. & Mrs. Zuckerman, Wilbur’s crate, along with Charlotte and Templeton. Of course, Fern went but she was more interested in Henry Fussy than anyone or anything else! The night before the big judging, Charlotte hears whispers of Wilbur’s name being associated with bacon, ham, and sidemeat so she knows she has to do something clever for her friend. She sends Templeton out to find “words” – lo and behold he comes back with some scraps on which HUMBLE is written! Charlotte works her magic over Wilbur’s pen and weaves HUMBLE into a web. All the visitors at the fair went nuts over WILBUR THE HUMBLE PIG!
The next day Mr. Zuckerman’s dream comes true and Wilbur wins a blue ribbon and $25! But, as this dream is coming true, a very sad event is happening – Charlotte is dying. Wilbur loses his very best friend but is devoted to keeping Charlotte’s dream alive by watching over her egg sac.
The story has a happy ending for Wilbur as he watches all of Charlotte’s offspring float off into the wind – he kept his promise to his best friend!
(Time is up.)
I believe dreams are God-given and just like this delightful children’s story sometimes a lot of other things have to happen before one sees the fulfillment of a dream. Like Wilbur, we must be devoted and diligent – humble and “near the ground” (ch. 18 of the book – wouldn’t that preach?).
Please do, my friends, dream…