A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

For the first time in my life I can answer the question – what happens to a dream deferred?. It turns into another, better dream and YOU MAKE IT COME TRUE. After being rejected by the Peace Corps after a 3-year agonizing, stretched-out process (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit) , my husband and I have made the decision to seize our lives and make something happen.

What is this thing?  Travis explains it:

In early 2010, we decided to drop everything, fly to Australia, buy a van, and drive. What started as a chance to explore the land down under slowly evolved into a mission to protect and conserve wildlife and the environment. In November of 2010, we’ll leave the quaint town of Morro Bay, California for Australia. We’ll drive more or less aimlessly for three months, stopping whenever possible to volunteer with wildlife and environmental conservation efforts. We’ll brave the Wet, the Outback, and the urban landscapes with one goal: to leave Oz slightly better than we found it.

All the while, we’ll update our blogs for those who care to follow (Mom? Dad?). Half of the money raised through our blogs will be donated directly to the conservation efforts that we volunteer with. The other half will buy gas to get us to our next volunteering opportunity.

We’re so serious about raising money for Australian conservation efforts that we’re willing to place a bit of a bet. If donations reach $1,000 by January 26, 2011, we’ll celebrate by running the Pirate Ship Marathon in Brisbane.  Make us run, we dare you! (As a side note – the most Quincy has ever run was 4 miles, at an average of 11 minutes a mile. This is definitely a challenge).

Thanks for your support, every bit helps!

Love, The Storms

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~ by stormcellar on July 30, 2010.

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