Saturday, July 30, 2011

When I Grow Up (Dare To Share)

This week's prompt over at The Lightening and The Lightening Bug is to share about your dream job, what you wanted to be when you grew up as a child...what you want to be now. Tell us about your dreams and how you're going to make them come true.  (click on the picture above to find more or link up yours)


For me, my dream as a kid was not to have to work but be a stay-at-home mom with nine boys (enough for a baseball team) and a pet for each!   I even made a floor plan of my dream house.  That dream went out the window once I found out what a woman went through to have a child. Forget it!

My next dream job was to be a gym teacher--getting paid for playing all day sounded good to me and having the summers off was also a plus. That dream bit the dust when I discovered I would probably have to teach health and take anatomy.

When I reached 9th grade and took typing, I thought that would be the best job ever! It looked so easy and the teacher got to have the whole summer off. All she taught all day long was typing classes, something of great value that was a very practical skill. (This was before computers entered the world.) I loved the timed speed tests and can still remember her shouting A-S-D-F-J-K-L-Semi.  I loved typing and really felt I could be a good teacher so I went for it.

I actually did do student teaching in some business classes and got certified to teach grades 7-12. I did some substitute teaching but didn't find a full-time teaching job which worked out for the best. I worked some jobs as a temp on my summers off and landed the secretarial job I currently have which has really been a very good fit for me and a wonderful place to work.

What about you? What was your dream job as a kid and are you doing it now?

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8 comments:

BeadedTail said...

Seems that the common theme with your dream jobs is working with kids and/or teaching which you are able to do through church so that's good! My first dream job I thought of as a kid was to be a truck driver. I wanted to be able to travel all over the country and be paid for it! I certainly never dreamed of being a CPA but tax is fun and easy for me so it's a fit I guess.

Ann in the UP said...

All I wanted to be was a nurse, and thanks to scholarships I was able to get the education I needed and worked at it for about forty years.

It gave me some good life skills, too. It made me a real good listener, and it made me observant. My most important job was mothering, though. I had three home made kids, two adopted sons, and two stepsons. They are all paying their taxes and nobody's in jail, so I guess we did OK. LOL.

Slidecutter said...

We go through so many changes from the time we're in school and looking towards the future. My two wishes were to either become an airline stewardess or just go to college to study creative arts and become a writer; my father nixed both ideas and I ended up doing secretarial work for NY Telephone at that time. Hated every moment, too!

Marriage, children and a multitude of college courses along the way. Ended up becoming a Hairstylist as I wanted to eventually teach in that profession and bring a background of business training to aspiring hair students. Became a Cancer Support Specialist instead and I manage my hub's business as well.

And...I write. Somehow, I'm doing what I always really wanted to...

Oh..those timed speed typing tests...loved that you wrote about that. "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party"...hot dog, I haven't lost a step, lol

Great post, thank you!

Jackie said...

I love your reasoning for wanting to teach as a kid- the summers off!
I still remember the typing teacher w/that asdf jkl sem chant.
Glad you found a job that works!

GeminiWriter said...

Secretaries keep offices running. I’m glad you found a good fit for yourself! But summers off are awfully appealing.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

I wanted to be an astronomer because I was fascinated with space and planets. I was mortified, when it was published in the 8th grade year book, that I wanted to be an "astrologer." Really bad typo!!!!

I'm not doing now what I ever planned to do, but it pays the bills and gives me excellent job security and that's all I want right now. It's a challenging job, but never the same day twice and I'm never bored.

May said...

I chuckled each time you would have a dream marked off your list by what it took to make it happen...like anatomy class! But I think you are on to something. It probably isn't really our dream if we aren't willing to do what it takes to make it happen. Look at your closing. With this job you are willing! You have found your place!

Mrs4444 said...

Yes, I am doing my dream job--I always wanted to be a teacher, even though I had a period of time when I, too, entertained secretarial work. I, too, loved that class! :)

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