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My Dream World
By Elizabeth Vaughn
Monday, June 04, 2007

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This a story about a dream of mine first started in 7th grade and redone in 9th.

The Introduction to My Dream World

My dream world would be very different FROM the one many teens my age dream about. I don’t dream for the same things other teens dream for. I dream to walk independently. Most teens my age can’t wait to drive. I also dream that no one ever picks on anyone for any reason again. Most teens my age don’t think about things like this as much as I do. I think about it everyday. It’s something I never stop thinking about because it’s the most important dream I have. My Dream World takes place in a world that would make both these dreams come true .

My Dream World

Alana had a perfectly normal birth but when she was 6 months old all she was doing was laying on her back. Therefore her mom, Andrea, took her to her pediatrician.

The pediatrician said, “I don’t know what’s wrong with Alana, but if you would like I can do some tests on her and find out?”

Andrea said, “If that’s the only way.”

The pediatrician did the tests on Alana that same day. After the results were back the pediatrician looked over them. Then he told Alana’s mom he was not sure why she was not developing the way she should so he said, “I’m going to send you to a specialist because I think I might know one that can help.”

A week later Alana was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy. She is now almost 6 years old and is in a regular school setting but she is in a wheelchair.

A week before her sixth birthday her mom asked her what she wanted for her birthday.

She said, “I want my dreams to come true . My dreams are that no one picks on anyone again and I dream to walk.”

Her mom said, “I will see what I can do.”

After the bus picked up Alana that morning her mom called around and found out that if she and Alana moved to a place where most of the disabled lived Alana’s dreams would come true . So when she got home that night her mom told her that she was no longer going to be in the same school.

Alana said, “I don’t understand.”

Her mom told her they were moving.

“Why mom?”

“Because you will like it better where we are going.”

“I think I understand. We are moving to that place my teacher told the class about today. It’s called Elizabeth’s World because a lady by the same name thought it up. She moved there too.”

“We are going to go look at it after dinner. What do you want for dinner tonight?” Alana said, “I finally understand, my dreams are really coming true . Lets go out for pizza for dinner.”

Then Alana’s mom told her to get in the van. When they got to the pizza place Alana ordered the pizza. “I would like a large pepperoni.”

When they were done eating they went to Elizabeth’s World. When they got there Elizabeth herself greeted them. “Hello Alana. This must be your mom.”

“Yes her name is Andrea.”

Elizabeth then said, “Let me tell you about this place. First all the laws, you must be kind. Don’t fight or do drugs. You have to go to school until you are 18 years old. You will be able to do anything you would like for example walk, run, jump, play sports, stuff like that, as long as you follow our laws and the laws for the rest of the world. The reason why you will be able to do anything physical is because the air is made just for this place. It’s like water but with more oxygen. If there is anything else you would like to know later let me know.”

“Now can I walk?” said Alana.

Elizabeth took her out of her chair and said, “Go ahead and try.” Alana looked at her mom and said, “I can walk, it’s like walking in water. I love it here, can we stay please?”

Her mom said, “Yes, I will go home and get our stuff.”

Alana asked Elizabeth, “May I see our new house?”

Elizabeth answered, “Of course, follow me.”

Alana got back in her chair to follow Elizabeth but found that with the special air she couldn’t use her chair so she walked.

When Alana’s mom got back with their stuff it was time for bed. The next day Alana and her mom went to get groceries in the new grocery store by their house. When they got home Alana told her mom, “I like it here all my dreams have come true . I get to go to school with kids who won’t pick on me because I couldn’t walk. Tomorrow I go to school for the first time walking.”

The next day when Alana’s alarm clock went off she popped out of bed and got dressed. Then she ate toast and eggs. After breakfast she walked to school and got introduced to her new teacher and class. They all loved her and they were all disabled but she couldn’t tell. No one ever picked on Alana ever again. All the kids in her class were very nice to her they always came to her house and invited her to play.

On Alana’s birthday she said to her mom, “I want my whole class to come over for a big party.” Her mom told her she could do that because she wanted to meet Alana’s classmates.

The next day at school Alana asked her teacher if she could tell the class about the party. Her teacher said she could before recess. Just before recess Alana told the class to come over to her house after school for her birthday party so after school all the kids followed her home for the party. When they got to her house each child introduced themselves to Alana’s mom. Then they told Alana what they would have gotten her had they known she was HAVING a party. After that they each choose a game to play. They were all very tired by the time they played all the games so they went home. After they all left Alana told her mom she had a lot of fun at the party because everybody could do everything.

Year by year went by and because Alana lived where she did she wasn’t restricted by what she could do because of her disability. Alana is now 21 and still lives in Elizabeth’s World. Every time she sees her mom she tells her, “I am so happy I live here because it’s my dream world too.” Alana now has a little girl of her own and she would never imagine raising her little girl anywhere else but there.

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/9/2007
Excellent story, Elizabeth; very well penned~
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/4/2007
This is an excellent childrens story, I am so glad you posted this here, it speaks so clealry of your stuggles and dreams, dreams many children with "disablities" dream very similar dreams
God Bless

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