What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

ChickLitLisa sent me a few questions, one of which I will answer today:

“If you could choose your children’s careers, what would they be?”

I wouldn’t really want to choose my children’s careers, of course. I’m too fascinated in seeing them develop and learn and choose their own courses. I will be more encouraging in some endeavors than in others (say, debate over cheerleading for instance). (And only because I know a lot more about the former than the latter.) But in the end, they will decide.

That said, Flora has recently declared that she is going to be a “skin doctor”, like her uncle Dr. Bro (who’s a dermatologist, just to be clear). Flora had a real crisis recently because, and I quote, “I don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up.” She was quite worried about this. I pointed out she had a lot of time to make that decision; nonetheless, we talked about possibilities. Pilot, scientist, writer, doctor, ballerina, even.

She mulled things over and decided doctor. I can easily see Flora being a doctor. She is intense, smart, and interested in learning. If I had to base their careers on how they are now, yes, Dr. Flora is in the works.

Kate, on the other hand, will be a drummer. (A very smart drummer.) That is basing her career on her personality now. And not a jazz drummer; not a blues drummer; not even an R&B drummer. The girl will be a rock’n’roll (if not punk rock) drummer: loud and in-your-face.

As Flora has decided she is going to be a skin doctor, though, Kate has decided she’s going to be a police officer. I’m not sure where she got this idea, and I confess to not being terribly fond of it. (Her father is dead set against it.) It’s such a dangerous profession. And we worry about our kids enough, don’t we?

Still, that being said, if Kate picks the police academy over college, so be it. I’ll just have to pray even harder to keep her safe.

And, yeah, I would choose for her to be a drummer instead.

2 thoughts on “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

  1. Eh, no need to worry about it now. They’ll change their minds a dozen times between now and jobhood.

    But remember, being a police officer and a drummer can be similar… They both get to beat on stuff.

    • Hey, now, let’s not go bashing any career choices. 😉

      She would make a MUCH better drummer. Trust me. And, yes, I think they will both change their minds several times. Although I’ll believe whatever they pick in 4th grade. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.

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