We have been asked to talk about when we were children and the ‘dream jobs’ hoped to get when we grew up.
When I was very, very young, all I wanted to be was a wife and mother. Santa brought a new doll each to my sister and to me every Christmas. My sister is seven years older than I am, so not long after I could really play with her, the dolls stopped coming to her. But while they did, in order to get her to play with me, I’d go along with her stipulations. She was very much into movies, TV and celebrities at an early age, and I remember her marrying me off at a very young age to Little Joe Cartwright, (while she took Adam), Dr. Kildare,(she claimed Ben Casey)…you get the idea. We were Lucy and Ethel-ish in her madcap ideas for our adventures!
[Some of our younger readers and colleagues may not get my TV show references.Sorry. Suffice it to say, my sister took the hunks for herself.]
My sister always liked to write. I did, too, but she was the one who really had her heart set on it and I was not about to compete; (there is a lot of background here which I will spare you.) I wrote in secret, and only in my wildest dreams thought of ever being published.
I loved learning as soon as I started school and I wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t keep that aspiration for long, because I quickly decided, instead, to be a nurse. The cousin with whom I spent most of my Summers and I decided that we would both become nurses and go live in Italy, at least for a few years. My mother was a bit upset that I didn’t choose to be a doctor, but when I was eight,(1962), it didn’t seem as glamorous as the, (then), white uniforms, little caps and the loving hands-on work that was nursing. Plus, nurses seemed freer to me than the doctors.
Although I have done my share of learning first aid and CPR, of patching cuts, dealing with nosebleeds and a few more serious occurrences within the family, I never became a nurse, but the cousin became a doctor! (However, neither of us has gotten to Italy.)
I did become a wife, (to another Joe), and a mother to two.
I taught in group classes and homeschooled my kids for a number of years.
I write,openly, and have been published.
In my life I seem to have covered the early bases, and even a few more that I had not thought of when I was young. Since I was in the kitchen with my mother from a very early age learning to make wonderful and tasty foods for people to enjoy, I never thought of making money at it, and yet, I did later on in life.
This has certainly been a topic which made me do a great deal of reflecting on my life! Has it made you take stock of yours? I bet if you look back, you have accomplished more than you realized.