The Aspirations Of A First Grader

I substituted today for a first grade class and one of their assignments was to write a few sentences about what they wanted to be when they grew up and why. Some were pretty standard though their reasoning was interesting. Genders are listed in parentheses.

(B) I want to work in Starbucks because I love their S’mores cappuccino and I’ll be able to drink it whenever I want and sometimes for free. (I was going to ask if he took only decaf but I understood soon enough that the caffeine was well into his system. Thanks, Mom.)

(B) I want to be an Engineer or a Construction worker because I like trains and bulldozers. (There’s logical reasoning there somewhere.)

(B) I want to fix cars because my Dad likes to fix cars. ( I asked if he’s ever allowed to do oil changes and he said no, just brakes. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?)

(G) I want to be an artist because I like to draw and dream and make people happy. (I asked her if she drew something in the past that has made people happy and she said, yes….an apple.)

(B) I want to be a firefighter because my Dad is a firefighter and I love him. (I looked for the tissues after that one. It was the way he said it that got to me)

(G) I want to be a doctor because they make lots of money or I want to be a dentist because they help get teeth clean. ( I guess doctors are in a different income bracket than dentists who apparently are only in that profession for clean teeth.)

(B)I want to be a soccer player because I like kicking balls and I want to be a basketball player because I can do moves. ( Yeah, I know a few people with those same talents and they are not mutually exclusive.)

(G) I want to be a vet because I love all kinds of animals and like to take care of them or I want to open up a pet hotel with my cousins because I like the sound of it. (Hmmm.)

(B) I want to be a plumber because my Dad is a plumber. (I asked what kind of things his Dad does as a plumber and he said… plumbing things. Silly me.)

(G) I want to be a teacher because little kids are fun and difficult and they run around a lot and are difficult to control and it’s hard to count them when they run wild so because of that I won’t give them homework. (I didn’t know how to argue with that logic, I just wish I knew about it many years ago.)

(G) I want to be an astronaut because I can float and bounce or I want to be a janitor because it looks like fun. ( As opposed to floating and bouncing? I didn’t have the heart to tell her that there are plenty of people right here on earth that float and bounce without going in into space. But she’ll figure that out eventually. Why spoil the dream at such a young age.)

(G)I want to work in a hospital like my Mom. I asked what her mom did and she hesitated for a few moments and said she was a doctor but she owns the hospital. ( I didn’t want to argue.)

(B) I want to be a crab fisherman and go on a big boat in the Bering Sea and get bounced around by really bad storms or typhoons. (I asked him if he’d ever been on a big boat before on the water in a storm and he said no but he can’t wait to go on one and get thrown around. I was going to ask a followup question but really, where do you go from there, especially when you’re staring at a child who has a scary glazed look n his eyes?)

(B) I want to be a doctor and help people who are hurt. (At least he’s in it for all the right reasons unlike our doctor/dentist friend above.)

(G) I want to be a spa helper and make people pretty. I want to do toes and my brother will be the boss and my sister will do makeup and my friend will do massages and hair. (You can’t argue with someone who wants to make people pretty)

(B) I want to be a chef and own a restaurant called Famous Chef and only make junk. No healthy food. (I’m thinking he meant junk food and not junk, but I can’t be sure. )

So there you have it.

As for me, I wanted to be a baseball player when I was in first grade.  How about you? What did you want to be?

 

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “The Aspirations Of A First Grader

    1. George Post author

      I probably know why and where you went to school. I did the same and we were all influenced by priests and nuns to follow the calling. Did you ever consider it seriously?

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  1. In My Cluttered Attic

    I loved this George, you need to do more. Honestly, this was truly wonderful, and your observations were hilarious. As I remember, I was in constant trouble over wanting, and not relinquishing the fire truck during playtime in Kindergarten. Although, not long after (the fire truck was confiscated and never returned, I didn’t think I was that bad) I thought I’d love to be a writer, I still do. Apparently no one see’s me as a humorist, or not a good one.

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    1. George Post author

      Thank you, Paul. Children are a great source of inspiration but the school year is coming to a close soon..:) I think you have a career as a humorist and as soon as you get Freshly Pressed, the world will take notice…..:)

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      1. In My Cluttered Attic

        Thank you George, I appreciate that praise, very much! I love kids, maybe that’s why my wife and I had five (3 girls, they’re the oldest, and two boys), and they have given us four wonderful grandchildren (3 girls and 1 boy) to annoy and torture with trips to Disneyland and such, just so we can embarrass them by acting younger than them. But, what’s a grandparent for, right? I loved this post and I think come next school year you should grill your new students with more great questions, they’re answers are wonderfully untainted. ;o)

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      2. George Post author

        Well, as you know, grandchildren are another source of inspiration. I have five myself and I love embarrassing them every chance I get….:) Their parents are used to it, the little ones are in the process of understanding..:)

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  2. joylovestravel

    I wanted to be an air stewardess – good job I wasn’t I hate flying and think of it as a means to an end!! My son for years wanted to be a dustbin man – fascination with the trucks and then decided Dunkin Donuts was the place for him. Fascinating George, loved this post.

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    1. George Post author

      Thank you, Joy. Like you I don’t like flying and do it to get it the places we’d like to see. Funny how the thoughts and dreams of our young lives take such interesting or different turns. And yet, there are some people who know early in life what they want to be and never let go of their dreams.

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  3. DailyMusings

    Love the one about wanting to make people pretty. I wanted to be a teacher, but did not, until I was in my 50’s and started volunteering in a 1st grade class, which led to my employment as an assistant there 2 years ago. You never know.

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  4. Pistachios

    These are awesome! Kids say the funniest things sometimes 😀
    I went through so many aspirations as a kid, including baker (because I absolutely loved – and still do – the smell of fresh bread, pastries, etc), postie (because I thought it’d be fun to just ride around on a little motorbike all day and deliver people’s mail), and lollipop lady (because all you have to do is help people cross the road; and also the ones at my school were really nice & cheerful all the time)

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  5. kgjewels5

    In first grade I wanted to be a princess or a teacher. I gratefully achieved both. I have been teaching for 24 years. As for the princess aspiration, my husband of almost 42 years always treats me like one.

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  6. Mindy

    That’s so cute! I wanted to be my Grammy because everyone knew her and loved her. Plus, she made breakfast for dinner! Also, I thought every old woman with white hair was my Grammy…

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  7. Beth

    I wanted to be either an architect (I got as far as renoving my 1900 Victorian cottage mostly on my own) or to MAKE MANNEQUINS because I thought they were strangely fascinating. My Dad told me I was a weird kid…..

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  8. Dale

    Hmm… can’t remember but I know I went through the stewardess, teacher, blah, blah that most little girls choose.
    That said, I *still* don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!!!

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      1. Dale

        You sure? I often feel bery inadequate surrounded by so many successful people, totally in charge of their destinations (or it seems that way..)
        I think I’m wishy-washy! I’m pretty good at oretty much anything I do but not excellent at anything because I’ve never felt the urge to try to be even better at just one thing! The plus side is I’m very adaptable…

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      2. George Post author

        Or so it seems. I don’t think success always equates to happiness. I think many people sell or convince themselves they enjoy their careers because they’re locked into it so, for several reasons, they don’t have a choice. Of course there are also many that are happy. But I would venture to guess that if we asked those people who are successful what they would do if they could, we might be surprised.
        I never wanted to be the best at one thing, I always wanted to be good at many things. Being the best sometimes takes a lot of commitment and your focus is more singleminded. I always preferred spreading the wealth…:) I think you’re a more interesting person when your interests and talents are diversified. But that’s just me…:)

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  9. Dale

    Well, all jokes aside, I do believe that makes me more interesting too 😉
    People like us (because you just said you are like me) are interesting conversationalists as well as we can chat on just about anything!

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