|Molly, you have to beware. If you choose to be macaroni and cheese, your sister will eat you right up. And, you will end up all over her face, just like in this picture.|
Then, for a while, I thought I was going to be an architect and design houses. This stemmed from riding my bike with my childhood best friend over to an area of our neighborhood that was still under construction. We explored the partially built houses and tried to figure out the different rooms based on the few studs and beginning of plumbing. (I'm not entirely sure why we thought this was a safe choice for two elementary-school-aged girls. There is no way I'm going to let Molly ride her bike and explore half-built houses in the neighborhood. Different times, I guess.) Well, that dream dropped by the wayside when I realized how many math classes I would need to take throughout school. I know, I know, Winnie Cooper would not approve.
In high school, one of my friend's moms told me that I would be wasting my life if I didn't go into the medical field like my dad. I tried to explain to her that I can't stand the thought of blood or other bodily fluids. She didn't seem to think that mattered. I was convinced it did matter. I never truly considered that career path.
For a while, I knew for sure that I was going to be a copy editor at a newspaper. I actually worked as one at the Topeka Capital-Journal for a while in college. I truly enjoyed that job, even if I mostly copy edited obituaries. But, then, I realized that copy editors work almost every evening and holiday because, well, newspapers come out every morning, no matter if it is a weekend or Christmas. So, as much as I liked it, I liked having a life better. There went another dream.
So, here I am today. A stay-at-home mom with two kids and the occasional freelance proofing job. I am pretty sure my 3-year-old self didn't dream of this life. But, all of those other dreams got me to exactly where I want to be (even if I still don't consider myself "grown up"). I can't imagine being happier with any other life (minus the teething, of course).
However, if you see of any openings for mermaid, fairy, butterfly, ballerina princesses, please let me know, because Molly and I are signing up together.
|We're dressed, ready, and waiting for a career path to open up ...|