100 Days, 100 Hopes

Today, dear Sage, you are 100 days old. I’m a big fan of numbers and lists, so I’ve decided to make you 10 lists, of 10 items each, of things I hope for you in this lifetime.

I HOPE YOU READ AND ENJOY THE FOLLOWING BOOKS:

  1. The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
  2. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
  3. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Otherland series, by Tad Williams
  5. Oh, the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  7. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
  8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  9. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
  10. …and any of my books.

I HOPE YOU WATCH AND ENJOY THE FOLLOWING MOVIES:

  1. The Paper
  2. The War of the Buttons
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. The Matrix
  5. Noises Off
  6. Fallen
  7. Star Wars (Episodes IV, V, and VI)
  8. Arsenic and Old Lace
  9. Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies
  10. The Muppet Movie

 

I HOPE YOU GET TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING PLACES I’VE NEVER BEEN:

  1. London, England
  2. Tokyo, Japan
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Ireland (location non-specific)
  6. Australia (location non-specific)
  7. Cairo, Egypt
  8. The Amazon
  9. The Great Wall of China
  10. The Moon

I HOPE YOU GET TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING PLACES THAT I HAVE BEEN:

  1. Portland, Oregon, USA
  2. Puerto Rico, USA
  3. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  5. Washington, DC, USA
  6. Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA
  7. White Lake, Ontario, Canada
  8. Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  9. Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
  10. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

I HOPE YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE THE FOLLOWING MOMENTS:

  1. A standing ovation for a performance
  2. A moment of entering a place and immediately being stunned into silence by its enormity
  3. A moment of victory after battling challenging obstacles
  4. A moment when you take a risk to stand up for what you believe in.
  5. A moment when you can step back and look at work that you’ve done and feel pride, even with no one else around to appreciate it.
  6. Attending a sporting event that matters to you and feeling the comraderie of the crowd as your team/athlete wins.
  7. Sitting in the audience at a live theatre performance with tears streaming down your face and your breath caught in your chest.
  8. A quiet moment at the end of a hymn that has just ended a capella.
  9. Winning a prize or award that you didn’t expect.
  10. A moment where you realize a difficult decision is actually very, very easy because you know who you are.

I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE:

  1. A friend who would come over in the middle of the night without asking questions if you call them crying.
  2. A friend who challenges your beliefs without endangering your friendship.
  3. A mentor who can talk to you about the things you don’t feel you can talk to your parents about.
  4. A friend you get excited to see even though you only see each other once a year at most.
  5. A teacher who inspires you.
  6. An adult who you recognize as a bad example, so you can learn to avoid that kind of behavior.
  7. At least one sibling.
  8. A friend who introduces you to styles of music you would never otherwise hear.
  9. A friend who gets excited about the same things that excite you.
  10. A person who makes you want to be the best that you can be.

I SELFISHLY HOPE YOU ENJOY THE FOLLOWING THINGS THAT I ENJOY:

  1. Amusement park rides
  2. The Colts
  3. Board games
  4. Minor league baseball games
  5. Improv comedy
  6. Movies
  7. Telling jokes
  8. Science fiction
  9. Reading
  10. EVENTUALLY — beer.

I HOPE YOU LIKE THE FOLLOWING SONGS:

  1. “Amazing Grace”
  2. “Imagine,” by John Lennon
  3. “Stop! In the Name of Love,” by the Supremes
  4. “I See the Moon”
  5. “Monday, Monday,” by the Mamas and the Papas
  6. “One,” by U2
  7. “Thousand Legged Worm”
  8. “O Holy Night”
  9. “Mrs. Robinson,” by Simon and Garfunkel
  10. “The Hallelujah Chorus,” by Handel

I HOPE YOU CAN DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS I CAN’T DO:

  1. Swim
  2. Fix cars
  3. Make beds correctly
  4. Enjoy ice cream with no physical problems later
  5. Answer the phone without anxiety
  6. Burp on command
  7. Play or work in the dirt without anxiety
  8. Speak another language fluently
  9. Run for more than five minutes without feeling massive heartburn
  10. Build a fire that will last

AND FINALLY, I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT I WILL ALWAYS:

  1. Be there for you when you need me
  2. Listen to you
  3. Try my best to understand you
  4. Make mistakes, but try to fix them
  5. Remember the day I first held you
  6. Try to help you find your own way
  7. Try to teach you
  8. Just sit quietly with you if that’s what you need
  9. Love your mother
  10. Love you
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3 Responses to 100 Days, 100 Hopes

  1. atoot says:

    more tears, dang it, you are a special person dave! I should just stick to reading about cheesecake! 🙂

  2. Ann W says:

    Well said…..love that you included “To Kill a Mockingbird” in your list of 10 books….still my all time favorite. Your lists are thoughtful and deep, David. THanks for sharing them.

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