Do you ever dream of what they will be when they grow up? Do you get the inclination to lead them in a certain direction? What if I told you there was a very good chance you could affect their future, without seeming like you’re nagging or pushing?
At lunch today we got on the topic of childhood playthings. My boss mentioned that her best friend growing up had a school desk and they always played school. One breath later, she said “And I had a cardboard grocery store. There I was, my first retail experience.”
I was completely joking, but I asked if her friend became a teacher. Sure enough, she did. I thought about it long and hard. The only thing (aside from Barbies, Littlest Pet Shops, and My Little Ponies, which I consider universal and inconsequential) I had that was truly my own and not a hand-me-down was my sewing machine. So now I sew.
I’m interested in whether this works for other people as well. What did you play with as a kid? What did you become when you grew up?