She was excited to hear that I had graduated from "world famous" Booker T. Washington High School and informed me that the singer had attended the same high school, but was about five years younger than me. She left our table and mentioned to the performer our commonalities. She waved and we waved back. Later on during a break, the singer came over to introduce herself indicating her brother grraduated in my class. I immediately knew the family and inquired how the brother was doing. Then I remembered that their mother had been my favorite literary/english teacher.
My mind went back to high school where Mrs. Ungerman had read my first short story entitled "My Fishing Trip", later retitled "Falling in the Water," and strongly encouraged me to think about writing someday. Now I remember, she was the first one to plant the seed in me to become a writer someday. This dream has remained tucked deep in my heart since she first inspired me. I then wanted to share the news with Mrs. Ungerman that I had published my first book, only to learn that she passed away several years ago. I was saddened that I could not thank her personally for inspiring me.
Who has planted the seeds for your dream? Whether or not you have achieved your dream, take the time to thank those who have encouraged and inspired you to be the best you can be. It may be a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a minister, church member, a classmate, a friend or a step-parent. Whatever you do, don't miss the opportunity to share with your dream planters how they have made a difference in your life. Do it today!