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Friday, February 17, 2012

When I Grow Up

My mother is convinced that our 3-year old son will be an architect or engineer when he grows up.  I on the other hand am debating whether to start a college fund or a bail fund.

"Just look at how well he builds things with his blocks," she'll say as evidence, that he in fact, will not follow in his father's footsteps of property management.  Last time I checked the majority of the kids in Jackson's preschool were also talented in the art of block building.  Does that mean they all are looking at a lucrative career in architecture?  I'm just going to go ahead and guess the ability to make a tunnel doesn't guarantee he'll be designing the next Golden Gate Bridge.

Seriously, how could you possibly take the behavior of a toddler and turn it into a chosen profession?  When I was three was I already sending out indications that I'd have a lucrative career in my chosen field of recreation management?  I'm just going to go ahead and guess not.

Growing up I loved to pretend I was a teacher.  I'd sit stuffed animals up in desks, hand out assignments and yell at them throughout the day.  And yet, when it came time to start thinking about what I wanted "to be," teacher was very close to the bottom of the list (just above garbage collector, chef, and nun).

My stock answer when asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up," was always the same, "famous."  I couldn't tell you how that was going to happen, but that is what I was banking on.  I still haven't quite fulfilled that dream but who knows, maybe Oprah Winfrey will stumble upon this blog one day and demand I write a book she can endorse!

In the meantime, the bail, I mean college, fund will have to come out of the measly salary I earn at my "un"famous job, in my chosen profession of recreation management.  I'll continue to look for signs of what the future might bring the boys, but I'll bet on those signs leading in the exact opposite direction.


  1. haha...thats funny. My boys are serious block builders too. And I always used to pretend I was a teacher. My brother and his friends were usually my students and then other times I had invisible pretend students:)

  2. Too funny. When I was a kid I wanted to be a Laker Girl.....I'm glad my parents didn't take that too seriously. :) (stopping by from Voice Boks)

  3. I always wanted to be an actress. Turns out I can't be part of a staring contest for more than 15 seconds without laughing. Always good to dream's hoping Oprah finds you. :)

  4. My sons change their occupation daily. Currently it's an astronomer and househusband. Don't ask. Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

  5. I'm always declaring a profession for one of my kids, I guess I get that from my mom. Now that I think of it, I don't think my sisters and I did become any of the things we pretended to be, but it's fun to try on different hats!! Thanks for a fun post!!

  6. "I on the other hand am debating whether to start a college fund or a bail fund. " What a great line.I'm STILL waiting to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

  7. I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer when I was young, then a ballerina. It's funny how life works out!;) Keep the fund going for either one...hopefully it will be for college;)

  8. I often watch my son build things with his blocks and fit pieces of puzzles together and think he may follow a building/problem solving career... I can't wait to see what he chooses (I'm sure he'll want to be so many things along the way:).
    Thanks for sharing,

  9. You're famous from that bar you got kicked out of back in your hometown. What' s the name of it?