photo by D Sharon Pruitt
When I grow up, I want to be a . . .
Have your children begun to share their dreams and hopes and plans for the future?
Our four year old, Dacey, tells me often as she helps me in the kitchen, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a baker!” Other times, as she is painting or drawing, she’ll say, “Or maybe when I grow up, I will be an artist.” It brings me such joy to know that she is beginning to imagine herself as a “grown-up” and envisioning how she’ll spend her days.
I trust the occupations that draw us when we are children, when we still believe that anything is possible.
My life speaks to the truth of that sentiment. My earliest memories of imagining my grown-up self cast me in the role of teacher. My younger siblings were the (often reluctant) students, and depending on how well we were getting along on that particular day, they would either receive an A+++++ or an F——-.
Throughout my childhood years, I thought perhaps I might become a veterinarian or a restaurant owner, but when the focus began to narrow as I began my collegiate education, it was with great peace that I settled on English with an emphasis in Secondary Education as my major. The first day I stood to teach as a student teacher, I felt completely at ease and entirely natural – fulfilling the dreams of my far-away and long-ago pretend classrooms.
And how about you? Does your life bear testimony to the truth of Jen’s statement? What did you imagine for yourself as a child, and how did that play out in your grown-up reality? Do you have childhood dreams that have yet to come to fruition? Or are you exactly where you imagined you might be?
Further, how are you honoring and even nurturing your children’s dreams for their grown-up futures?