Sometimes it's not us who achieve our life dreams, it's our descendants. In my case, it was my granddaughter Maeve, and the dream was to win the Fourth of July pageant. Growing up in a small town in Kansas in the 1960s, the holiday was a huge deal. One year, our swimming pool had an Independence Day swimsuit contest. I was about 5 years old, and set my sights on winning that pageant.