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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
When you were little...and for some of us that is a very long time what did you want to be? You know, little kids want to be a fireman or a cowboy or even a firetruck.. shocked OK, some kids are a little weird, but we all understand weird and love it. smilewinkgrin Did you have any dreams that now seem a bit silly? Any aspirations that aren't very practical now?

When I was young all I can remember wanting to be was a wife and mommy. I was raised in the 50's and 60's and that's what little girls were supposed to be. Now when I was in high school I was encouraged to go to college, which I did, but that sure left me confused on who I was or what I wanted to be or do. As far as careers go all I can remember is I did NOT want to become a teacher because all of my aunts and uncles were in the school systems in some form or another. No way, now how...nope! Ya, you guessed took til I was over 40 but I did become a

What kid dreams did you have about what you'd be when you grew up?
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
now this'll sound silly, but please don't laugh, I wanted to be a singer and to have a rock band and
to write a really really good sci-fi book.........weird eh... (jrr tolkien watch out, lol)......
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
As a little kid I always wanted to be a Farmer, ( I had an uncle that lived in Michigan that owned a farm he had seven children and I thought my cousins were the luckiest kids on earth! They had 5 or 6 milk cows, a couple of goats, 3 donkeys, 2 horses and 4 ponies, a bunch of chickens and a few pigs, and of course dogs and cats! I loved going to their house, it was a pure heaven going there!) So naturally I always wanted to own a farm! But never did! The funny thing is my youngest daughter that is the nurse at Mayos, has a little 5 acre hobby farm with a half dozen sheep, a couple of goats and a bunch of chickens, (she get at least a dozen fresh eggs a day and supplies everyone on her unit with fresh egg!) they had a pig named Wilber that my daughter got for her birthday a few years back, but a year or so later we had him for Easter dinner, he made the best bacon and pork chops that I have ever had! Her husband who was raised on a farm told her never to name the animals that were eventually going to be eaten, but she wouldn't listen. Luckily she was never fond of the pig! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was around 4 or 5 I wanted to be a medical doctor. A pediatrician to be specific. But back in the stone age (when some of us were born shocked ) it was still a challenge for a girl to be a doctor or a lawyer. My father told me (he was well meaning, but an older Italian man) that little girls were nurses, and little boys were doctors. So when I graduated from high school I went into nursing, but left after about a year and a half. When we were working on the cadaver I kept asking about his family and all sorts of psychosocial questions. I dropped out of school for awhile but eventually returned after I fell in love with a child psychology class.

I think now, though, if I had it to do over I'd be a veterinarian. After my Olympic figure skating and professional dance careers were over! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/20/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was a little kid for as far back as I could remember, I wanted to be like my Poppy! He was my Grandfather on my Mom's side and was a happy old guy from German descent. He was a jewler but lost an eye in a work accident, then had a heart attack in his late 40's and retired to S.W. Florida. We used to travel down the old Rt301 from N.J. every winter to visit my Grandparents who lived right on the Gulf of Mexico in a house built up on pilings or tellaphone poles as we used to call them. He had a little boat and used to take my older brother and I out fishing to a beutiful island with no bridges to it, only a ferry boat. It was called Sanibel iand it was parridise there back in those days before they built the causeway. We used to bring home coolers full of fish which my Grandma would cook up with hush-puppies in a fryer full of lard, no fu-fu lite oil back then! I thought my Popy was just a fisherman not understanding what "being retired" was so I thought that fishing was his job! I wanted to be just like him when I grew up! I wanted to be a fisherman! The funny thing about it is if I sent you a picture of him and a picture of me, from the head down, we are identical! He had a giant beer gut but wasn't what you would say was fat if looking at him from the front or back but let him turn sideways>> Same w/ me today! He died at 81, six months after our beloved Grandmother died of cancer at 81. He died of a broken heart! I'm still not sure what I want to be as far as working when I grow up but if I had a choise and was physically able, I'd be a fisherman just like my Poppy!
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always wanted to be a veterinarian & still do. Hopefully I'll make it. I'm very close. The only thing standing in my way now is this darn CP. I want to be either a large animal practitioner or surgeon, although I my eyes probably aren't good enough to be a surgeon anymore. I'd love to do everything - same & large animals - like the "country" vets that I work for, but that is getting so hard to do now-a-days. Veterinary medicine is becoming much more like human medicine, in that many of the graduates now go on to do internships, residencies, and become board-certified specialists.


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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Can I come and work part time in your practice? I'll answer phones and pet the cats! LOL


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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to be a truck driver, and then I wanted to be the first female goalie for the New York Islanders hockey team. I wound up being a legal secretary, then a teacher in a prison, and best of all a wife and mom.


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   Posted 4/21/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Sounds great! You'll just have to wait at least 5 or 6 years...


That cat petter is the most important job! smilewinkgrin Gotta make the patients feel comfortable!

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   Posted 4/21/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, Skeye. I'll get more practice in the meantime! Do you think if I search monster there are paying jobs for cat petters? smilewinkgrin

Bluejet - teaching in a prison? Sounds close to your original goals! smilewinkgrin


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   Posted 4/21/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was little I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I got the idea from my father I guess. He always wanted that for me too. I was born in 1951 and there were no role models for women drs. at the time, but I watched Ben Casey, Dr Kildare and Medical Center then came Marcus Welby and by the time I grew up I knew it all to be a doctor. But I met my husband when I was fourteen and married him when I was seventeen. At 27 I went to school and became an RN. That's as close as I could get after having two small children, but my husband encouraged me and paid my way. I'll always be grateful to him for that. We will be married forty years this July 12.

Thanks for the subject Chutz. I really liked it.

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