Monday, February 9, 2009

What Am I Going to Be When I Grow Up?

“So, Vanessa, what do you want to do when Carson goes to school?” Everyone wants to know what I am going to do with my life after my youngest goes to kindergarten in the fall. I’d like to know too!!

At one point in my life I wanted to be a nurse. Now I realize that other people’s illnesses make me feel nauseous. Can you imagine going to the doctor’s office and having me (the nurse) dry heaving as I examine the rash on your arm, or the sores in your throat? Yep, I don’t think nursing is for me.

What about marketing? I was also going to go into business one semester in college. I think it would be so fun to write jingles for commercials. When I was a kid, my sisters and I wrote a jingle for “Yogurt in a Pump”. What is “Yogurt In a Pump”? Imagine a pump hand soap container with yogurt squirting out instead. After thinking about the reality of marketing products like that, I realize business is also probably not my cup of tea.

So, am I going to teach English again? I love to read, I love to write, but do I love to read 7th grade essays 24 hours a day? No . . . I think I am going to pass on returning to the teaching profession.

What do I enjoy doing? I love staying in my pajamas all day, I love to read to my kids, I love to sing made up songs that kind of rhyme, I love sitting down on a sparkling toilet (even though I don’t enjoy cleaning it), I love to cook, I love to eat, I love the feeling I have after a long run, I love telling Aaron about the funny things that happened during my day, I love listening to the kids relate stories of the drama from school, I love my life . . .

So, do I really have to “do” anything different when Carson goes to school? Am I going to feel unfulfilled just doing the things on my “love to do” list? Is there something I can get paid to do that includes wearing pajamas, listening to stories, singing, and eating? I think the best idea would be to talk to Aaron about getting put on his payroll!


Michelle said...

I love it! Why does everyone assume that just because your youngest is going off to school, you need to get back to work? I love being able to stay home still and be home when they get home from school to help with homework, soccer, and dance. I did decide to try watching someone else's baby this year and that's going okay. His parents are teachers so he leaves by 4 and weekends, holidays, and breaks are mine! Good luck with whatever you choose. I definitely think you are highly qualified to be on Aaron's payroll!!

Memzy said...

Hollah! I get asked that question all the time too. Bugs me. "I'm gonna sit on the couch all day and get fat why do you ask?"