Friday, October 18, 2013

What I Wanted To Be

When you are young and cute and have your entire life in front of you adults are always asking the million dollar question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" This is what grown up me remembers about career aspirations.

-Sassy Crime Fighter
Sometimes I was Kate Jackson  and other time Jaclyn Smith. Although I envied her feathered hair I could not bring myself to be blonde headed Farrah. I envisioned my life full of hair flippin, mystery solvin' adventures. I KNEW that I would be the one to reveal Charlie to the world. The mysteries I currently solve are along the lines of  "who didn't flush the toilet? Where is the permission slip that was due back 3 days ago?"

-Foster Mom
When I was in kindergarten my sister joined a Girl Scout troop and I was in awe of Jackie's mom. She took care of kids whose moms and dads couldn't. I knew then I HAD to be a foster parent. I remember carrying a two year old curly haired Austin on my would be hip for hours at a time. I grew up babysitting for a family who had several foster children..back before it was so strictly regulated. Their stories both inspired and terrified me. I wanted to be able to make a difference..even for a short time. Big Yankee & I were just starting the Foster parent process when we discovered we were pregnant with Peanut. I haven't given up on this dream yet just waiting for the right time.

-College student
My best friend in the whole wide world and I fantasized about college. Our days were spent scheduling classes, designing our dorm rooms...which were more like castles with hot tubs and indoor swimming pools etc. We also spent plenty of time at the bar (where her kitchen had a REAL booth) where we'd drink coke from glasses with fancy umbrellas while smoking away at our Crayola cigs.

-Baby Nurse
I loved babies and thought rocking and holding needy babies would be a fantastic career for me. My godmother was a nurse which just added to the allure. And then one day I realized that nurses take care of sick babies and sick babies may die and I knew my heart couldn't handle it.

Mary Tyler Moore
I longed to be an independent career woman who was spunky and surrounded my best friends and goofy folks too. She was a go getter and a ball buster when she needed to be. Also I wanted a GIGANTIC R to adorn my wall.

I spent YEARS of my life playing teacher..with my siblings, with my friends with my stuffed animal students. My parents found some cool desks at a garage sale and Dad  built a giant chalkboard in our basement. I created my own fantasy classroom. I was desperate for workbooks and teacher editions and planners and anything school related. After some trial and error I ended up teaching at-risk pre k for twelve years.


What did you want to be when you grew up?


Anonymous said...

What a fun post! And I hope one day you do get to be a foster parent. I think this firmly makes you a better person than me. My heart goes out - but, I don't think I could handle it. In a few years when my girls are older I think we'll do one of those programs that helps kids overseas so they can learn about the worlds/caring for others etc... but foster parenting is a whole other level!

I wanted to be a baker so I could wear the hat; then a marine biologist - until I realized it involved more than scuba diving. ... ah well!

Marcy said...

I really laughed at the "mysteries" you solve nowadays. I used to dream of working in a factory and sharing an apartment with my best friend, a la Laverne and Shirley.

Michael A. Walker said...

That's a tough question, even if you're not young and cute. I remember changing my mind several times growing up. After I saw Indiana Jones I was convinced I wanted to be an archaeologist, that is until I found out it archaeology is NOTHING like the movie. Booo!

Daniel Nest said...

I always wanted to be a crime-fighting robot from outer space.

And by "always wanted to be" I mean "still want to be".

Michelle Longo said...

I love your list! I wanted to be a teacher, an artist, a magician, and a carpenter. I am currently an insurance professional, and I assure you, NO ONE dreams of getting into the insurance industry.

Oh,I wanted to be a writer. Still working on that one.

psychochef said...

Your list is great.

When I was young, I wanted to be a nun, an ice skater, or a writer; )

P.S. I hope you do become a foster parent some day. There is definitely a shortage of good ones.


Robbie K said...

Love reading all of the things ya'll wanted to be!

Anonymous said...

This was so much fun to read!

Jack said...

I wanted to be one of the Sweathogs and have a cool teacher like Mr. Kotter.

I figured after I finished high school I would play for the Dodgers, center or left field.

Sanstrousers said...

I still want to be a sassy crime fighter.