I'm not entirely sure how the subject came up, but last night Madeline mentioned that she was now thinking of teaching as a future career option, instead of becoming a veterinarian. It's been a few years since she talked about wanting to go to veterinary school, but her dad seemed bothered by the change and remarked that she must be following my example.
It's true that I've had many answers to the "what do you want to be when you grow up" question. I thought that was sort of normal. This is where I point out that the very first time that Chris and I hung out together outside of university, he told me that he modeled himself after Alex P. Keaton and wanted to be an accountant since sometime in the 1980's. Obviously, my husband has a different perspective and very good plan execution.
So, today I've been having a little fun remembering all of the careers that I've thought about, ever since I was old enough to start thinking about the big picture. Here's what I can recall:
- a ballerina
- Betty Rubble
- a teacher
- owner of a pet shop
- cashier at a grocery store
- a psychiatrist
- a crime-fighting mathematician, like on Mathnet.
- a criminal lawyer
- a medical officer in the US Navy, preferably stationed on an aircraft carrier
- a MuchMusic VJ
- Shakespearean stage actor (awesome costumes, yes?)
- trauma surgeon
- English Lit. teacher
- Medieval England scholar
- Interior Decorator (at the height of my obsession with Trading Spaces)
- Personal Chef
And I am sure that there are more that are missing from that list. It was kind of fun, when I was little, imagining all of the possibilities and learning a bit about a lot of different things. Madeline's not even eight years old, and I'm just going to be impressed that her career aspirations are set a little higher than mine at the same age (owner of a pet store).