When I Grow Up

My daughters’ career aspirations have always amused me.

When Bunny was between two and three years old, she decided that when she grew up, she wanted to be an octopus. This lasted for well over a year–she was bound and determined that she had the capacity to someday be an octopus. The fact that it’s impossible to change species didn’t matter to her–she wanted to be an octopus, so in her mind, she *would* be an octopus. I really should have seen this as a sign that we were going to have a fun time educating her–she definitely thinks outside the box!

Shortly after she turned four, she finally decided that being an octopus wasn’t going to happen, and so she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. And not just any doctor, but a pediatrician. I was kind of surprised that she thought ahead to a speciality, but she’s really liked both of the pediatricians she’s had, so it wasn’t unreasonable that she had such a specific goal.

Now that’s she’s six, she still wants to be a doctor, but has also added ballerina to the list. No reason she can’t do both, right? Anyway, if she does indeed go to medical school and become a doctor someday, I won’t be the least bit surprised. She has an amazing amount of perseverance for a child, and once she decides something, she usually sticks with it. I just hope she gets a lot of scholarships, because we sure can’t afford medical school!

Now Ladybug, on the other hand, is the stereotypical three-year-old. She wants to be a mommy when she grows up (and don’t think it didn’t hurt me that “mommy” never made Bunny’s list!). Recently, she has also added teacher, mostly, I think, because she watches me homeschooling, and realizes that she could also do both things. Either way, it amuses me that she picked such a traditional career, and I’m really amused by how diametrically opposed my girls’ career plans are. It will be fun to see what the future holds for them!

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