Dreams that never fade

First I want to say I am sorry for posting late. I woke up to a winter storm warning and was trying to get things squared away in case we do get that 9 inches of snow.

What did I want to be as a child? My earliest memory of what I wanted to be was a cowboy (or cowgirl, in my case). My dad was born and raised in the country. He spent his life farming, breaking horses, sheering sheep, rounding up the cows when the fences broke and they got loose. He could rope your feet when you were running and zigzagging through the yard. I grew up hearing people referring to my dad as a cowboy but I never saw him as that. I saw him as the guy who taught me so much. He showed me how to skin a rabbit, how to sharpen a knife, how to throw a knife, clean a gun, shoot it properly, how to handle a bow (I love my bow!). He taught me to be gentle with animals and they would trust you.  I guess I wanted to be a female version of him. To be able to get out my guitar at the end of the night and sing a song that made everyone want to dance.

Then for a short time I wanted to travel back in time and be a pioneer, I knew that could not happen so I moved on.

I wanted to write. I didn’t care if anyone every really read what I wrote. I wanted to write, after all most writers get overlooked and are never brilliant until long after they gone. I had stories to tell and wanted to tell them.

My oldest brother joined the military and I decided I wanted to be a sniper. I went and did testing to see what jobs I could have in the military but due to some medical things I was not allowed to join. Though the guys around here were nice and did allow me to go to the armory at the guard unit to use the boxing ring.

I ended up writing. I am loving it. The days when I write for clients and the days when I write for my own books. It does not matter because I am writing.

What did you want to be when you were younger? Did you get close to that dream?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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10 Responses to Dreams that never fade

  1. jeff7salter says:

    even though we’ve never met in person, I can kinda picture you as a frontier woman.
    I’ve never learned to THROW a knife. If we ever hook up, maybe you’ll teach me.
    Sounds like we’re sharing another storm. Our third round of awful weather is due in tonight (Wed.)


    • Jeff I would love to teach you. My youngest is the only one who wants me to teach him anything. My daughter only wants to learn how to ride, she loved when I had a job at the stables and took her with me.
      The snow is coming down here already. Supposed to be about 9 inches but they keep changing the amount. I suppose we will see what falls. Coming pretty thick at the moment though. Stay safe Jeff.


  2. When I was little I wanted to be a nurse because I read all the Sue Barton nurse books. Then I wanted to be a lawyer because I watched Petrocelli. Then I wanted to be in forensic medicine because I watched Quincy … good job I didn’t see The Godfather til I was older! But in and amongst that, I ALWAYS wanted to write!


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like all your aspirations follow the same theme – survival. Your dad taught you skills that would have served you well as a pioneer woman and a sniper. So now you need to write about some tough-as-nails pioneer and sniper women!


  4. You seem so sweet it is hard to picture you as a sniper! I’m glad the writing thing came along!


  5. pjharjo says:

    What a special relationship you had with your father! He sounded like a very special man. 🙂 I too, thought at one time that living as a pioneer would have been fun, until I learned how hard life really was back then! And a Sniper! You are a gutsy woman, Angela! 🙂


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