Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Three, Chapter One, Part Ten
“Now that you put it that way, Gramps – that I need to learn what they do teach me in school to create new worlds – then that’s what I’ll do! I’ll not only learn what they teach me, but I’ll be the best student I can be! I want to create new worlds beyond my imagination that people have never seen before, so I guess I need to learn everything I can in order to do that. Is that right? But, Gramps, how do I teach myself the rest of what I need to know that school doesn’t teach me?”
The farmhouse was in clear view across the wheat field as Jonathan, David and Sammy returned from their hike into the back forty. “You’re exactly right, Jonathan,” began David. “Your focus should be on becoming the best student you can be, in order to learn everything you can, because you never know when you’ll need something they’ll teach you to build your own worlds. Our world is such a big place, and changing so quickly, that you can’t even imagine what the future will hold. After all, it’s 1960 now, and before you know it everything will be invented brand new, and the world will be a completely different place. So not only do you have to be a top student, but you need to be a student for life, because learning is so important that it should never stop over the entire course of your lifetime, Jonathan.”
“You mean, I should be a student for my whole life, Gramps? How does that work?” asked Jonathan, not really grasping the concept.
“Why, yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying, Jonathan. You need to be a lifelong student, but not all of your learning has to take place in school. You should try to learn from everything you do, see, hear and read – especially from other people’s experiences, both good and bad. That way, you can try to avoid making the same mistakes they made, and you can use the positive things they’ve learned without having to repeat the same lessons. They’re called ‘lessons learned’ – both positive and negative – which is the quickest way to learn useful knowledge. One of the most important things you can do is to read as often as possible, and from as many different kinds of books as you can. You never know when and where you’ll pick up useful information that you can later use to create your own worlds. Your goal is to learn at least something about everything under the sun, in order to give yourself a very broad foundation of knowledge. At the same time, you’ll need to actually try to do as many different things in life as you can, because experience is just as important – and sometimes more so – than knowledge is. If you dedicate your life to learning, you’re going to be able to create new worlds beyond your imagination, and beyond space and time, that our world has never dreamed of, Jonathan!”
“Well, the next time Mom and I go to the library, I’ll check out lots of different kinds of books to read. She’ll be surprised when I tell her I’ll be the best student ever in third grade when it starts up in a couple of weeks – she won’t believe it, Gramps!” exclaimed Jonathan proudly.
“That’s the spirit, Jonathan, you’re on the right track now! I’ll be leaving in the morning to return to Minnesota, Lad, and it’s good to know you’re well on your way to not only traveling beyond space and time, but also to learning as much as you can to create the most amazing new worlds someday. Remember, everything you want and desire lies on the far side of your imagination, Jonathan – everything’s possible, and I have faith that you’ll achieve all your dreams one day!”
The three adventurers finally reached the farmhouse’s back porch, and stopped for a couple of minutes to properly greet Trooper again before going into the kitchen. Sammy decided to hang out for a while with Trooper, having spotted the fresh dog food and water prepared for them both. As Jonathan and David entered the kitchen, Julia was preparing dinner by the sink, while discussing memories with Thomas at the kitchen table. In that moment, as they paused to greet the two wanderers returning home from their day hike, there was a knowing look of understanding that passed between the four of them. It was a look in their eyes that not only went beyond words – but it went beyond space and time as well…
(End of Chapter One)