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Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: This is a Dream

Childhood, Facing Community Belonging and Citizenship from University of Northern Iowa (Waterloo, Iowa)

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Illustrated by: Haley

Written by: Joshua


When I was a child I used to have very crazy and backwards dreams. Today I will share one of my dreams with you . . . 

One day I was sleeping in my basement and I had a dream that I was on the street, and I was looking at this house that looked kinda weird because it had a driveway full of bricks and the grass was bright yellow but there was a tiny tree sitting in the grass, growing. So, me, being myself, I went to touch the tree, and when I touched it the leaves started to break off and the tree started melting. Eventually everything around me was melting. Then I appeared in a white room . . . you know the Jor-El head from Superman in the Fortress of Solitude that appeared in mid air? Instead it was my head saying, “THIS IS A DREAM.” Then I realized it was a dream and everything rewound and I woke up. Ever since I had this dream I have always wanted that tree. Ever since.


This story originally appeared in Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley, a publication of The Facing Project that was organized by the University of Northern Iowa in Waterloo, Iowa.

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