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?