Dream Night at the Zoo

 

When a nightmare begins, we never know how the dream will end.  But some nightmares have twists and turns, and the end is way better than the beginning.

When my daughter was offered a Dreams Come True trip a few years ago, it hit our hearts hard.  She’s that ill?  It’s that bad?  It felt like a death sentence.  But it became a life giver.

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

And the life they gave kept giving, as we were introduced to Starlight, and through Starlight, we were invited the last few years to Dream Night at the Zoo.

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

This is Winter’s last year with Starlight. She’s an official adult now.  It’s time to grow up … at least a little.

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

Dream Night at the Zoo was started at a zoo in the Netherlands.

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

A time for families of medically challenged children to enjoy an evening at the zoo together without the crowds of the general public.

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

At our local zoo, the evening is free and the families are invited to feed the giraffes …

.Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

 

Visit with animals both stuffed and not …

 

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

Ride the carousel for free …

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

And as always, pet and brush the goats …

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

This year, being Winter’s last Dream Night – and healthiest! – offered me, the mama, a time for reflection …

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

And a time to watch the sunset on the safari of childhood.

Dream Night at the Zoo @SuzBroadhurst

Many thanks to Starlight, Dreams Come True, and the Jacksonville Zoo for making our last Dream Night at the Zoo so very memorable.

REALITY CHECK:  Dreams Come True is always on the lookout for groups who would like to sponsor dreams for children with life-threatening medical challenges.  The beauty of this organization is they don’t toss you to the side when your child’s dream is fulfilled.  They walk with you, love you, and cheer for your whole family along the way!

Comments

  1. Amazing journey – amazing daughter!