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Career Choices

During the next few weeks, we’re covering a Unit Study on Space here in the Fiddle Academy of Higher Learning. Recently we ventured out to the Kennedy Space Center for a family field trip, and today we viewed a tape of how the astronauts train for their missions.

I am totally into this study of all things Space related. Especially since the last study we covered was the Wondrous World of Revolting Insects. And by the way, our ant farm is still unpopulated since the manufacturer has not sent our ants. I have a tersely worded e-mail in the works, as you might imagine. I thought about just going belly to the ground and catch my own. And thankfully, that thought went out with, “Why don’t I just get on the treadmill?”

Anyhoo. Focus. Space.

As a child, I loved shows like “Lost In Space” and “Star Trek.” I am completely fascinated by the Space Station. I tune into the NASA channel often to catch of glimpse of life on the Space Station. It could be a series as far as I’m concerned. “As The World Turns.” But, that one is taken. Pity.

As we were watching the tape, aptly entitled “Astronauts”, Cailey remarked, “Mom, I want to be an astronaut when I grow up.”

My heart leapt with joy. For a couple of reasons. This is a child who, for the last few years, has aspired only to be a fairy. Or a mermaid. Granted, she’s only 5, but it’s never too early to start thinking about career choices. And this is the first I’ve heard her acquiesce to the fact that one day she will, indeed, grow up. And get a job.

The movie continued. The Challenger disaster was covered as well. The sober silence that filled the room was shattered when Emme nearly yelled, “THEY DIED?” At the same time she grabbed the remote to replay it. Not twice. But three times.

Cailey looked at me with wide blue eyes, “Mom, if I become an astronaut, will I die?”

“Cailey, that is very very rare. I think you would make a wonderful astronaut. Look, they get to wear orange. You love orange.” I was trying to think fast, before she changed her major.


“Emme, you don’t have to, you could work at Mission Control!” I offer brightly.

“No, I want to work at Disney World.”

Cailey perks up, “YEAH, ME TOO!”

Pffffttttt. My dreams go up in smoke.

I relayed the conversation to Fiddledaddy later. He said, “I think I want them to set their sights a bit higher than Disney World.” (Let it be known that one of his first jobs was a Disney World.)

There’s still time, I assure him. I mean, look at me. I wanted to be “Miss America” when I grew up.

Suddenly, Disney World isn’t looking so bad.

What did you want to grow up to become?

23 Responses to Career Choices

  • Making a sugar cube pyramid when I was in third grade inspired me to want to become an archaeologist. I am a secretary.

  • I wanted to be a mom. After an 18 year career, I’m now a full-time stay-at-home-mom. WHAT was I thinking? Gotta luv it! 🙂

  • My kid brother wanted to be an astronaut since he saw his first shuttle go up (he was 1 or 2). He kept that dream all his life and now works at NASA as an engineer working on the fuel tank–he could be an astronaut if he wanted to but now he refuses to set foot in a moving space shuttle–says the technology is way too out of date (he has to work on specs for things that are 10 years behind the times.) No thank you he says. 🙂

  • Hi DeeDee, I’ve only recently found your blog and enjoy reading your funny take on the world around you!

    Hmmm a career huh? That was something I pondered for many years… it wasn’t until I hit 40 that I figured out what I wanted to be… retired!

  • I know you will get this answer a lot today, but really, all I ever wanted to be was a mommy from the time I was a wee little one! When I was diagnosed with JRA I thought my dreams would vanish.

    Who am I to doubt God? I couldn’t have been blessed any more than by these three beautiful children God has allowed us to raise. I wouldn’t change a thing!

  • When I was young I wanted to be a teacher. Then, it changed to a baker/owning my own bakery. In high school it changed back to a teacher, but more specifically a Homemaking Teacher. In all of that I always saw myself as a wife and mother. But, not just any mother. I wanted to be Margaret Anderson from Father Knows Best. 🙂

    Well, I’ve never married. I bake and decorate cakes at home. I homeschool/raise my nephew, and I teach at our homeschool co-op. I am a Homemaker. So, I guess I am doing my chosen proffession. I just don’t get paid for it. LOL.. 🙂

  • a cartoonist for Disney. They infiltrate everyone’s dreams.

  • We did a space unit study last year–I think I enjoyed it the most.

    I know you asked about me, but have to add, Roo wants to be the first dancing space paleontologist on Mars (I’m thinking this is a lofty goal) Boo…wants to sell newspapers. Sigh…

  • Aaaaakkkkk!! I didn’t finish the ME part!

    ME–I wanted to be a veterinarian…and so I went to college, got a degree in advertising and public relations and now am a mom. The path was clear, don’tcha think?

  • I wanted to be a mommy and writer – I always knew I’d work outside the home. I am fortunate to be exactly where I wanted to be . . . a mommy to two wonderful children and a technical writer – working outside the home part time. My setup is perfect in my eyes.

  • I wanted to be a doctor from the time I was little through high school…I’ve been in accounting for going on 20 years…how’d THAT happen? LOL I’ve seen Gray’s Anatomy – I wonder if it’s really that lively!

  • I wanted to write stories for children. Which is what I do now. I also wanted to work in the music industry, which is another dream that is coming true.


  • When I was 6 years old, my church scout leader took all of our pictures and hung them up outside the classroom with our names and “What I Want To Be” affixed. My answer: A ballerina and a judge. I would be busy, but at least I’d be versatile! I like to think editor falls somewhere in the middle 🙂

  • My youngest started kindergarten last year and learned about many different occupations. He is such a planner that he thought he needed to figure out right then and there what he should be. He was so frustrated….so many things to choose from. Then he looked at me and asked “What do you want to be when you grow up mommy?” Apparently he doesn’t know I’m living my dream everyday!! Whatever God chooses for him, I hope he will be as thankful as I am!!!

  • I don’t know. Being that I’m still haven’t grown up, I still have time think about it…

    I do know that I wanted to be married with kids. Well at least THAT miracle came true…

  • I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a teacher. As a young adult I wanted to major in advertising. Presently I am a homeschool mom, I have a dog and I blog. Does that count? God had an intereting way of working things out don’t you think? And a sense of humor. 🙂


  • I wanted to be an actress. And a teacher. And a secretary.

    Now, I’m a SAHM, which means I’m all 3 of those and SOOOO much more!

  • I never did figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. I still don’t know. Right now, though, I have the best job ever – mom. My son says he wants to be a professional skydiver. At 8 he’s already learned how to try and irritate his mother with bad career choices. 🙂

  • As a child I was horse crazy and wanted to be a race jockey. In middle school…a vetertinarian ( and I noticed quite a few others here named that also). Gave that dream up in h.s. since I could barely pass math and chem. Majored in special ed, then worked as travel agent. Though I wanted to be a mom, I never wanted to be “just a mom”, but I have been a SAHM for 25 years this month to three wonderful sons and never regreted the SAH part. Finally figured out that I am an artist, and I produced three artists.

  • Hum… When I was 5 I said for the first time that I wanted to be an archaeologist. Now I am one.
    My degree says so, at least. Nevermind that I don’t earn one single euro from it.

    But I remember I used to have other choices to pick, when talking with my friends, just not to explain again, and over and over again what the hell an archaeologist was: so I used to say that either I wanted to have the longest hair ever -which is fairly impossible and most unlikely since I proudly own an entangled bush of curly hair- or to be a mom of 17 kids. 17 pregnancies, 17 yelling monsters. Now that I’m a big girl, I’d rather go for 4.

  • Exactly what I am. A wife and mother.

    I also wanted to be an OB nurse.

  • i wanted to be a nurse and a mommy…..what was I thinking????? I also wanted to be a teacher, which as a homeschooling mom I guess I actually became all 3 of my career goals!!

  • Hey – I always wanted to work at Disney too and I did it. So, after my life’s ambitions were completed I moved on… My other ambition as a young girl was to be a waitress. So, I checked that one off my list too…I’m not sure it can get any better than that. My daughter wants to be the tooth fairy when she grows up. I’ll tell you how that works out for her.