January 11, 2013

When I grow up I want to be...

Today is Friday, which means I don't go to my day-job (I am officially part-time, working only four days per week). I sent Zoe off to school with promises of a living room camp-out tonight so that I can clean, clean, run, clean some more, and then write.

I sat down a little while ago with a huge pile of laundry to fold, so to keep myself entertained I turned on the TV, and then NetFlix, and then The Wonder Years: Season One, Episode Three: My Father's Office. In the episode, Kevin goes to work with his father after expressing interest in knowing exactly what he does at a company called NorCom all day long.


Today I learned it's an entirely different experience, watching The Wonder Years as a grown-up with a job and a family, than it was watching it as a kid, when I might as well have been the female Kevin Arnold. I did NOT understand this episode the first time I saw it as a kid.

In one particularly poignant moment, Kevin and Jack (the dad) are drinking coffee in the break-room. Jack's already had a few tense phone conversations and found out one of his employees has messed something up.

Kevin asks Jack: When did you decide you wanted to be a manager of Account Distributions and Product Support when you grew up.

Jack laughs.

I laughed.

Because really: does anyone want to grow up to be a manager of Account Distributions and Product Support when they grow up?

I didn't, though I work right now at a company not altogether unlike NorCom (just with updated technology). 

First, when I was very small, I wanted to be a fireman. (Yes...a fireMAN. I didn't understand the difference back then.)

Then when I was in third grade I learned about dinosaurs and Indiana Jones, and I swore I'd be a paleontologist when I grew up. I think it made people laugh to see such a small person chewing on such a big word.

Along my growing-up experience, I learned the main things I liked to do were read and write, so that's what I majored in during college (though by then I harbored secret longings to be an actress...I figured I just needed to be "discovered" like Natalie Portman at a pizza joint in the city...too bad I didn't frequent many pizza joints in the city...).

The job I've had I sort of stumbled into when I moved down here. I test software for a living ("Yeah, but what does that mean?" Kevin Arnold's voice echoes in my head.) mainly because people taught me how to use software, and it turns out I'm pretty good at breaking it.

I never wanted to be a writer until recently. And now I'm doing everything in my power to make that dream come true. 

So.....here's where I'd love to hear from you! It would be awesome to see some answers pop up in the comments section of this post. This is just for fun, no pressure, nothing to be gained aside from some laughs.

1. What's the earliest thing you wanted to "be when you grew up?"
2. What's the career desire that lasted longest?
3. What are you now?

1 comment:

Meredith Short said...

When I was in third grade, I committed in writing to wanting to be a waitress AND a "nero" surgeon. That's right, with all of the free time I would have after doing surgery on 1st Century rulers all day, I would pour coffee, sling reubens, chew gum, and hobnob with my customers.

Yup, pretty much what I do every day.

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