Keep Your Dream


Originally posted on a blog called by STEPHEN / OCTOBER 1, 2008

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’

“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.”

– Author Unknown

Based on what you just read, what could the author’s theme/moral be about dreams?  Prove your answer by using at least one QUOTE, and don’t forget to explain the meaning of the quote in your own words.


9 thoughts on “Keep Your Dream

  1. I have dreams a lot especially about basketball.Sometimes of me dunking and all of that, crossing people over and blocking people shots. Other people might have different dreams,It can be about anything. Some can be weird. Some can be a sign that tells what you are doing in your life. Also I will dream about something that will happen later probably the next day. Most of the time you will remember or forget your dreams.

  2. I think the author was basically telling the reader to never give up on your dreams. This was shown by Monty saying to his teacher that he’d rather keep his dream, even if it meant getting a bad grade. To me, this quote means a lot because I can relate to Monty. I would never give up my dream of being a voice actor, because i like to be silly when a camera is not on me. Monty persevered and ignored what others said, he knew what he wanted to do, and kept it that way. I don’t plan on giving up my dream even if somebody thinks it’s impossible.

  3. I can relate to this passage because I want to be and actor but some people would tell me I could not. They said that I could not make it because I don’t read like an actor. For a little while I believed them. I think that the author’s message is saying that no matter how many people tell you can’t achieve a goal you can still achieve it. -Deimiem B. Period 4

  4. Aaron R. period 1. I think when people have dreams, those dreams effect the way they live. When people have dreams come true it is very amazing considering how much gets in the way. I think the teacher represents reality itself because the teacher really seemed to procrastinate and get in the way of dreams. When the teacher listed the reasons the boy couldn’t own a ranch, the teacher was defining the ways reality gets i the way of dreams. However, when the boy achieved his dream, the teacher respected it and enjoyed it now that the dream became part of reality. If people run straight on and catch their dream, their dream really becomes part of a reality, and I think then, that dreams really effect one’s life.

  5. The authors moral about dreams is to never give up on them no matter how many people disagree or how many obstacles are thrown at you. He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.” to me, this quote means that even though people believe that you will not be able to complete your dream always hang on and always strive to be there.

  6. Dominisha N. Period 8: The authors theme/moral about dreams is that no matter what anybody says don’t give up on your dreams. Also I can tell he means that because in the story it says he stated “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.” and the meaning of this quote is that although his teacher gave him a F on his paper and told him to rewrite his paper he didn’t because that was his dream, a dream that he never gave up on and soon became true.

  7. Dreams dreams dreams can lead to being true. put work and dedication in and you will succeed with your dream. Dreams are special to me its like mind thing and know one knows what your thinking. I sometimes dream of having the better life and it partially happened. I love having dreams. Remember dreams could come true. Rashawn hicks period 8

  8. Marissa D. Period 5.
    The authors moral for this story could be to never let someone tell you you can’t do something. If you have a dream don’t give up on it just because someone else doesn’t believe in you. Also to not let people get in the way of your dreams and the goals you want to achieve. The quote,”You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream” is saying that the grade his teacher gave him wasn’t going to change his dream even though at the time it sounded unrealistic. When the teacher told him, “Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours”, she was saying that even though she told him he couldn’t, he never gave up. He never stopped believing in himself.

  9. Its good to keep your dream.To have a goal.It gives you something to look forward to.Also its gives you something to push for.It gives you hope to have a dream.Dreaming keeps your imagination running wild.

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