One of my favorite conversations to have with the boys is about what they want to be when they grow up. I wish I’d been writing this down over the years, but I do remember some of Luke’s career ambitions from his preschool years.
I totally remember what I my preschool/kindergarten career ambitions were: checkout girl at the grocery store (honestly, I still think that this would be fun, and I love to use self-checkout) and Avon lady. Because back in the day the Avon lady used to load up a bag of new Avon products, come to our house, and show us what was in the bag. I made my mom sit through countless fake Avon sessions with me, using the catalog that we’d just gotten from our rep. Throughout elementary, jr. high and high school I had lots of other ideas, but none are as fun as the ones from my early childhood.
Here’s what I remember from Luke, ages 3-5: worker at McDonald’s, worker at Arby’s, pharmacist (just so he could work the drive-thru window at Walgreens…are you sensing a theme with these first three career aspirations?), cement truck driver, doctor, baseball player, bank worker.
In the last few years, he’s narrowed down his choices a little more. Now he thinks he’d like to be a baseball player first, when he’s young, and then when he retires he’ll either be a dentist or an engineer…he wants to build bridges and tall buildings and robots. And honestly, if I had to pick a career for him, I’d pick engineer or architect. The way his creative mind works would be a perfect fit for a job like that! (His creative mind also led him to think, for about a week, that he wanted to be potter when he grew up after seeing a pottery wheel demonstration somewhere one time. I have to admit that I was the kid who had ideas like that when I saw something cool, too!)
Bennett has literally always said the same thing: baseball player and then a worker at Dad’s bank. That’s it.
What did you want to be when you grew up? And did you do it?