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   Posted 6/11/2009 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Remember way back when you were little...back when you first realized that daddy or mommy or someone around you went to work each day. Remember when you first talked to a policeman or fireman? Did you ever see one of your teachers in the grocery store! What a shocker...they bought food just like everyone else. Sure popped that bubble... smilewinkgrin At a young age we started to see all of the different things that people did in their lives and our imaginations started to run wild with ideas.

Now, if you're as old as I am little girls were brought up to be wives and mommies yet we also were encouraged to go to college. Not that we would ever go to work after college but we should attend. I think the parents were hoping we'd meet some man with great aspirations and we'd get a Mrs. degree. idea And guys were sent to college to end up with a great career with no ideas of wife hunting. Just how it used to be. Now days boys and girls are encouraged to be and do anything and it's changed our world, for the better I hope.

But in those young days when you began to think of all of the things you could do when you got older...what did you want to be when YOU grew up? When I was in elementary school I always wanted to play teacher...loved it! Used to pour through primary workbooks, do the assignments, grade them, erase them and start all over again until the paper was worn out. Then as I got into Jr. High and High School I wanted to be anything BUT a teacher. Even though I was told that I'd make a great teacher I wanted no part of it because everyone in my family was in that profession somewhere. When I first started into college I was into horticulture and marriage and kids took it's place. But, at 40 my life took a change and I returned to college to guessed teacher. But there was a short time in my younger days that I wanted to be a ballerina. Oh lordy...that would be some joke with my square build and sturdy heritage.

So, when you were young, what did YOU want to be? Did you get there? Will you ever go back and try? I did and it was the best decision I ever made when it came to learning what I was capable of. Never let go of those dreams, even if they seem silly.

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   Posted 6/11/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was reading this thread, I was just litterally nodding in agreement. My aunt was a teacher. I would sit in her spare bedroom with a chalkboard pretending to be a teacher. I would have all my dolls around the room as my students.As I became older, I would help her grade some papers. I spent alot of time there as a child. It was my favorite place to be. I soon realized teaching wasn't as glamorous as I once thought. She was single with no children. She devoted her life to teaching. And she was awesome at it. Then I wanted to be a nurse. In junior high, I wanted so much to be a child psychologist. I had alot of problems growing up and I always felt it was so important to be able to be understood and that kids needed someone to talk to. I let that dream go. And I always have regreted that...So I married at 18. And went to a community college and became a medical assistant. And that is about it. I wish I had gone ahead and gotten my RN. But money has always been a problem...And I still hope to go back one day...It will have to be when the kids get older.And most likely, it won't happen. I love nursing and I love my job. It brings true that "I wish I knew then what I knqw now". Kids just don't think far enough in the future. And ofcourse, I was one of them-just living in the moment...

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   Posted 6/11/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Ahhh, I remember playing Teacher in our Garage, my Dad left one wall free so that we could do whatever we wanted with that area!  That was our neighborhood School, all the kids came and we took turns playing Teacher....knew then thats not what I was going to be.....I decided I would be a Bookkeeper...didn't do that either ha ha.  Right after High School got a job at a Hospital as an Admitting Clerk, from there moved to the ER...loved, loved, loved it!  Then got a job offer to work with one of the Dr.s became his Front and Back Medical Office Asst, loved that even more.  Left there and moved to CA decided to go to Nursing School BUT could not go full time and survive, found a job at Kaiser Permanente in OB/GYN Clinic worked there in the BackOffice for 4 years, I was lucky all the Dr.'s I worked for LOVED their profession and taught me well....moved to AZ had to work 2 jobs, pay scale here was much less, worked for a Dermatology office and Family Practice Clinic.  Burned out on the 2 job working schedule was offered and accepted a job at the FP office as their Back Office Supervisor, this job is where I stayed for 21 years.  My Boss became a Homeopath and I promoted and trained as his Homeopathic assistant and Electro Dermal Testing Tech which made my heart sing and eventually caused the repetitive motion injury that caused the neck ruptures....I LOVED my job and Patients....never ever regret my wonderful career, just sad it ended too SOON!  ALWAYS had so much fun and treated my Patients as I would want my own family treated, must have done something right today 5 yrs after leaving my job I am still in touch with many of my Patients. 


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   Posted 6/11/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a good one Chutz!  I love reading these even if I don't always post.  I wanted to be a field biologist.  I wanted to be Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey. 
Hehe.......I am also a teacher.  I still have an absolute passion for wildlife.  I have been a birder for about 3 decades now.  I also love to large mammal watch.  Last summer my hubby and I took the boys to wyoming and montana and we found grizzly, moose, elk, pronghorn antelope, deer and we even had a fox that had made our campsite part of his daily routine. 
Two summers ago in one of our favorite spots in south tahoe, we named all our resident campsite squirrels.  We knew who was boss and who was not.  I had "fatty" eating out of a toy truck on the picnic table.  It was so funny to watch him open the doors of this truck to get a peanut.  I know......not good and certainly not scientific!!!!  I would have made a terrible field biologist!!!
We routinely catch lizards, snakes and tarantulas just to look at them closely before letting them go.  I once caught a small gopher snake on the soccer field.  I can remember this other little boy looking at me in my cute sandals and summer outfit and just saying .."whoa........"  His eyes were huge and I think he was amazed that this very feminine mom had caught this snake.  My boys still talk about that story.
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   Posted 6/11/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I always wanted to be an artist. Wear trendy black clothes and snap instead of clapp when someone said soemthing of intrest.
But in my heart, deep down , I always wanted to be a mom. It was always a wish I was too afraid to say outloud. Too frightened to pray for. All my life I would see families doing things and I would think "I want to do that too one day." Like Billies house always smelled like dinner. Kenneths house always had the smell of fresh laundry *sigh*. Joanne always had a hugg. Kive would tell you ANYTHING you wanted to know all you had to do was ask. Any, all sorts of little bits and peices of life I saw along the way, I kept in my heart, remember them, and now all the lil bits and peices of life that I saw along the way that I liked, I do now, in my home.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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