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Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)
TITLE: We Dreamed A Dream
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We were the class of ’71 – the ones who would set the world on fire. In this all girl’s Catholic school, my class elected the first Afro-American President and she was beloved by everyone, including the teachers and the students of every level.
My class broke every tradition, we were the rebels who knew what the world needed and it was us. Prior to this day, the Seniors had a talent contest, we chose the song We’ve Only Just Begun by the then popular Carpenters, a brother and sister act.
We held the audience in awe as we told of our story and how we were the ones who would end world hunger, inequality and every other social ill. Yes, we had all the answers – or so we thought.
As we walked in unison to the graduation music, making our way to the stage, we had a sense that things would take on flesh and bones now. All our dreamy-eyed talk about change required action. Were we the ones to change things – to make a better world?
We couldn’t wait to find out. Some of us went on to be teachers, others artists, some nurses and college professors or business women.
We stepped out of that auditorium that day ready to make a difference. But as most wide-eyed young people find out, life is hard and can be disappointing. Some things just don’t happen as we planned. We grow up and learn life is what you make of every day; sometimes you can make a change, but usually in small ways and in steps – not all at once.
Life sometimes gets in the way of dreams and the dreams that we’d made such a fuss over tend to be viewed as much ado about nothing.
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