Thursday, January 8, 2009

When I grow up...

Kids are odd people. I think that's a fact that's pretty generally acknowledged. I mean, yes, they're wonderful and special and entertaining and lovable, but they're also pretty odd. And the reason that I can say this with such certainty is that I was a very odd child. (Some kids had imaginary friends growing up; I was my own imaginary friend. I changed my own name about once an hour and then would refuse to answer my parents unless they called me by the correct name. Seriously.)

Today, I was walking down the hall, minding my own business, when suddenly, my brain reminded me of this little tidbit of information about myself as a child: somewhere between the ages of 9 and 12, I decided that if I was ever very, very rich, I would pay people to squeeze the juice from honeysuckle so that I could drink honeysuckle juice every morning for breakfast. For real. Apparently, that was my idea of having "made it" in the world. What the heck? (Also, why did I suddenly remember that?) Other "goals" that little-kid me had for grown-up me included: become a ballerina, have eight children, live in a tree, and make up a language. So far, I've accomplished exactly zero of my childhood goals, and accomplishing them in the future isn't looking so likely, either.

So, as a child, what did you want to be (or do) when you grew up? Did you accomplish it? (And don't say "my goal was to be rich enough to drink honeysuckle juice for breakfast." That one's already taken.)

28 comments:

Adriana said...

When I was a kid I wanted to be president of a big company, live in a big city (come on I lived in KS so anything else had to be better), and marry a doctor. I'm not president of anything (except maybe the next PTA term) and my town in PA is not big (although there have been multiple Jon & Kate sightings since they live close by), but I did marry a doctor...although this is not as glamorous, fun, or as much money (since he is still in residency and even the liability is a b!@*#) as I thought. I still love the 8 kids idea because even though I knew a lot of people who wanted a lot of kids four was usually the limit (who knew small children would on some level understand that?)

Braja said...

I remember when I was very little, around 4, telling my Daddy that I wanted to be a man when I grew up. He laughed and filled me in on the truth. I was SO put out: I could not believe that I didn't have a choice. Pissed off 4 yr old.

Braja said...

Oh, and btw? It never happened...I actually did fulfil my father's prophesy and grow up to be a woman. True story.

Anne Elizabeth said...

I told my parents from five years old on that I wanted to be a ballerina/missionary/teacher, and yes I wanted to do all three at the same time. I have taught so I guess I accomplished that one and I used to dance but I never really considered myself a ballerina.

Tova Darling said...

Adriana - Aww, I'm so jealous of you, accomplishing your goal 'n such. Apparently, I should've had better goals.

Braja - Hahahaha! Well, there are surgeries for that...

Anne Elizabeth - Ahhh!! I wanted to be a missionary, too! I forgot all about that until you mentioned it! I was going to be a missionary to Africa!

Morgan the Muse said...

I was not aware that the honeysuckle gave much juice to drink. Huh.

Well, I wanted a great many things that were completely lame. So no reason to think of it.

But I had an 'imaginary' friend that was named Morgan. Clever, I know. I think I grew tired of her very very fast, though. Understandably.

Emma said...

I wanted to be a vet, a doctor, or a famous rider for the united states equestrian team.... i've done none of these things, though I still ride.

Ann's Rants said...

I love how you end your post with a question back to the reader. Since I haven't even gotten a post out, I'm not going to blog over here right now, though. :)

AngieS said...

I had this vision of living in a brick ranch on a large lot with rolling hills, happily married, with children and a maid. I wanted to be a lawyer. I have no idea why I thought a brick ranch was my dreamhouse instead of a mansion. I guess I was practical, even as a child. I got a happy marriage and wonderful children (plus 2), and I'm a hairstylist. How do you go from lawyer to a hairstylist? Got the maid too....

Oh, wait....that's me... I guess I should have been more specific about WHO the maid was going to be....

Cora said...

I actually wanted to own a house that had a huge hot air balloon attached to it, so I could just fly anywhere I wanted within the comfort of my own home. Seriously. I drew a picture of it and everything in 5th grade. The other kids in class saw it and laughed their faces off at how unlikely a goal it was. Embarrassing? Yep. But at the same time, I also recognized that they just lacked creativity. To back me up, my teacher then made all the other kids draw their dream houses, and each and every single one was plain and normal and boring. My teacher liked mine best, she said. Of couse, I do not own a house with a hot air balloon on its roof, that goes without saying, but I still sometimes think about that drawing. I loved it then and still kinda do now. It was gorgeously fun!

Tranquility said...

You had some awesome goals as a kid. Maybe it's time to take another look at that whole "living in a tree" set up!

Sassy Britches said...

I always wanted to be a postal worker/baker. That way I could bake all I wanted (which I love, even though I don't cook), eat all the dough and icing I wanted (I didn't know about sanitation laws back then), and then walk it off in my postal worker job! Plus, I would get to be outside walking all day long (love the outdoors), and have EXCELLENT benefits (yes, I knew that back then too--hey, gotta pick jobs with plenty of vacay, right?)

wendy said...

I truly don't remember what I wanted to be when I was little. The only thing I *do* remember is that I wanted to be a mom, which I am. I wanted 4 children, but could only have two. I also know being a teacher was never one of my goals, yet here I am!

Not The Rockefellers said...

I wanted to be a back-up singer. I have not yet realized that dream although many people have told me to back up, singer.

Peace -Rene

Aww...honeysuckles...I miss those.

.::~P~::. said...

I wanted to be an actress.

....until the age of 18.

I'm now 23. I gave up when I realized that living in a small town with no money wouldn't get me very far...

I would now like to be a writer...

Comedy Goddess said...

I wanted to be Samantha Stevens. Not much reality in that is there?

Kristy said...

I wanted to be a teacher. And I am. What the *%&$ was I thinking? I'm with the oddballs all day!! =)

Allison M. said...

I don't ever remember saying it, but apparently I wanted to work at Drug Mart and be a cashier.

I also wanted to be a veterian, english teacher or the next Katie Couric.

I'm in PR now.

Always a Bridesmaid said...

When I was little, I used to have an alter ego ("Gloria") that my parents and sisters had to refer to when I wanted them to.

We also used to shop at this one discount store so much (Value City) that I used to refuse to go unless my parents said we were going to "Shirley's."

I don't know who Shirley is, but I bet she's friends with Gloria now.

Cheryl said...

When I was young I wanted to become a spaceman. We used to live by a beach, and I used to pretend I was walking on the moon- slow motion and all. If I should ever go back, I hope no one recognizes me as the girl who "walked on the moon"

mieletcannelle said...

I don't remember having any aspirations as a really young child, which upset me later in life. So much so, that when I was 11 and decided that I wanted to be a fashion designer, I conconcted a fake press release and briefed my mother to tell any reporters that I had been making doll clothing since I was four. What kind of a child was I?!?

pj said...

Robotics developer was on my list for a bit. Um didn't quite get there. Undercover DEA, um no thanks. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

Moi said...

I wanted to be a writer.
...and a Barbie.

That damn expat said...

Where in that tree would you fit your 8 children? That's a weird thing to imagine.
If you ever accomplish that can I come and visit? And also take pictures and blog about it?

Former Fat Chick said...

My son would go days being a DOG! He would only bark and shake his head: yes or no...It drove us crazy! The other kid changed his name to COKE- made everyone call him that (teachers, kids, etc) for the longest! We are a wierd family :)

Laura said...

I always wanted to be a teacher. I loved playing school in my room with my dolls.

My mom crushed that dream by telling me I was way to bossy and impatient to ever be a teacher.

Eh - she could be right.

ley said...

I wanted to be a whale trainer. And a hermit. And a horse. And a babysitter, which is, surprisingly, the least likely of all those goal because I am incredibly, incredibly awkward around children.

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