Dreams…we all have them. But there is probably no stronger dreams than those of a child imagining what they will be when they grow up. There are no limitations, no self-doubt – at least not until doubts are planted by the world, by others, or by themselves. Only then do those dreams start to fade, start to fall to the wayside, start to become “unreachable.” For most people, those childhood dreams are forgotten and are never realized – or ARE they?
A Mother’s Dream – a children’s book written by Fuzzy Duck Founder, Eddie Ulrich – suggests that our childhood dreams live on in us somehow – regardless of what we end up doing – they live on in our personalities, our traits, and our daily actions. Maybe we aren’t the literal firefighter we dreamed of becoming but maybe we still possess the courage of a firefighter. And maybe that firefighter courage is recognized by others even if we don’t see it ourselves. In fact, maybe the fulfillment of our dreams is seen best through the eyes of our own children.
A Mother’s Dream follows the day in the life of a Mother as she shares with her daughter what she believes are her own lost dreams. But through the use of clever illustrations, we see this Mother’s literal interpretation of her dreams contrasted directly by her daughter’s vision of how her Mother fulfills each dream in her daily life.
Writing has become an essential tool in my arsenal as a marketing professional. Telling clients’ stories in both written and visual mediums is the cornerstone of what we do here at Fuzzy Duck. Not unlike the marketing campaigns we do for our clients, I feel this book has multiple audiences as well as multiple key messages.
For the young children reading this book or having the book read to them, I hope it ignites an endless list of possibilities for their future. I hope that it encourages them to dream about what is possible and embrace their many interests and talents.
For the slightly older children, I hope the story helps them see their parents in a new way and helps them realize that their parents were children – just like them – with dreams for the future – just like them – and many interests and talents – just like them.
For the adults who read this book, I hope it rekindles dreams they had as children – even if those dreams weren’t traditionally fulfilled. And for parents specifically, I hope it helps them realize that those dreams and interests they thought were dead can actually live on in their day-to-day interaction with their children.
I also hope this book provides encouragement for those at-home caregivers who may have left or delayed their career dreams to raise children and I hope this book presents that role in a positive light and conveys just how important a job it really is.
I envision this book being read by adults to children and by doing so, sharing an experience together of personal imagination and hopefully sharing with each other the dreams they both have in their heads.
Eddie Ulrich (Author)