When I grow up

My son has decided to be a fireman and a builder when he grows up. His mind is made up and that’s that.

I cannot remember as a child really wanting to do something with passion. My friends were dreaming of cutting hair, saving lives or driving police cars. I just wanted to fly. When I finally realized being a passenger requires money, I started thinking of ways to earn it. I decided to be a pilot. My Grandpa, always the voice of reason, told me I have to do exceptionally well in school to be accepted to the military academy. They were the only school that thought you to be a pilot back home. On top of that he said I need to take good care of my teeth. Apparently cavities would pop out in the cockpit because of cabin pressure, so they were not allowed in the fighter pilot program. Looking back I cannot believe what rubbish parents get away with. But he was a Commander in the Army, so I figured he knew what he was talking about. I brushed my teeth way too many times a day and studied hard. I became a flight attendant with a lovely smile.

Now that I stay home with my son I work harder that I ever did back when I had a paying job. Little J is rather bossy and I am always the one making us beverages. Gossiping is not all that great during the break either. He mostly talks about vehicles and kid stuff. And the hours are long. No one to complain to either.

The best bit about my current position is my kid’s dependence. As much as he whines, ultimately he has to do what I want and go where I want. OK, the fact that I love him more then life itself is pretty awesome too. But that is not always a good thing. As I was saying, my son cannot reach the pedals in the car ¬†yet, so I dictate what we do all day. Which is pretty much outdoors stuff. Beach, farm, hiking, playground. If it was up to me we would be out at the crack of dawn and only return home to sleep. That is precisely what I loved about my old job too. Apart from having to serve wine on route I mostly wondered around the world taking pictures and playing golf. I know, life was good back then too.

See where things get complicated is, my son will turn four before Christmas. And then five and six. Rumor has it by then he will have to go to school. Which leaves me home alone for most of the day with a dog that is too lazy to exercise. Husband says I can just stay home and look pretty, perhaps work on my golf swing a bit and dust, but I reckon at some point I will need to get a job again.

Only what is out there for someone like me? Who wants to be outdoors, not talk to people and have my dog by my side. Well I might get a working ranch. If I win the lottery. Which I don’t play. So more realistically these are a few jobs I have seen people in my town do:

Lollipop lady- I don’t know how they are called in USA, but it is the responsible adult with a stop sign helping school children cross the road safely.

Construction worker- or even better, the folks that hold the stop sign and help direct traffic during road works.

Horse groomer- I do it everyday, might as well get paid for it.

Dog walker- I do it everyday, might as well get paid for it.

Trash picker- I like the idea of cleaning the Earth. And with those handy tools it is not as hard as picking up toys every evening in my house.

Landscaping – I do really enjoy mowing grass. I could learn to plant too.

Greenskeeper- combines golf and grass maintenance. Perfect.

Mail carrier- if they used cute red bikes like they do in England I would sign up immediately.

Newspaper delivery- is that exclusive to teenagers or can I do it too?

It is very late in the evening and I have an early day tomorrow. So if you can help me come up with some other ideas on what career would be best for me, let me know. My future depends on it.

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  1. [email protected] Wants This July 8, 2011 at 00:50 #

    Twitter: MamaWantsThis
    I say you be a fabulous blogger/ photographer.

    Oh wait, you already are. Now you need to get paid for it.

    • Stasha July 8, 2011 at 00:53 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you my friend. Now I can retire happy. To bed I mean…

  2. Bill July 8, 2011 at 05:52 #

    Twitter: smellsofborscht
    To be honest, I love hearing these bits and piece of your past, because you don’t talk much about it, and it’s a huge mystery.

    Living in the NW, you could also become a ferry boat driver. I always thought that would be a sweet job.

    • Stasha July 8, 2011 at 10:11 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Love the ferry boat idea! Thanks Bill. It would be like whale watching gig but paid.

  3. mom2kiddos July 8, 2011 at 06:58 #

    Twitter: kiddothings
    An author. But a Lollipop Lady’s good too! I seriously did not know they call them Lollipop Ladies – I thought you were thinking of selling lollipops when I read it.

    • Stasha July 8, 2011 at 10:12 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      No, those are bad for your teeth. My Grandpa would not approve that career path.

  4. Jessica July 8, 2011 at 08:16 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    When you figure something good out let me know. I might have to go back to work at some point too.

    • Stasha July 8, 2011 at 10:14 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You just got a degree and own a business. And you are the ultimate social media maven. That will do my dear. In fact one of these days you might have to take a month off :)

      • Jessica July 9, 2011 at 16:48 #

        Twitter: Mytimeasmom
        If only my husband agreed with you.

  5. sherry July 8, 2011 at 08:21 #

    You can be anything you want Stasha…You have proven that..and your Grandfather was a very smart man~
    Love you~~

    • Stasha July 8, 2011 at 10:18 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you so much. Love you big.

  6. Runnermom-jen July 8, 2011 at 08:27 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    I agree with Alison!!! You are awesome, Stasha!

  7. Bruna July 8, 2011 at 09:06 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    You are a writer of your own blog. Go with it Mama! I’m sure there are others things you enjoy. The world is your oyster :) I would love to have something lined up where I can work from home and still pay the bills.

  8. jacqui July 8, 2011 at 10:34 #

    Twitter: chicktuition
    I definitely think you need to continue to do something with your writing and photography. You are very talented. Your photos always blow me away…they are beautiful. I bet you would do amazing outdoors/casual family or individual photographs too.

    • Stasha July 8, 2011 at 11:06 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Jacqui. You always warm my heart.

  9. Cedar July 8, 2011 at 12:42 #

    The people holding the signs for construction make really good wages, but I like the Ferry pilot idea. Personally I think there is plenty to do without a job even once the kids are in school–pictures to take, blogs to read, floors to vacuum…

  10. Janice July 8, 2011 at 16:01 #

    Twitter: mommyslounge
    You take awesome photos for your 365 photo-a-day thing….how about submitting them to those calendar companies, poster makers, and Hallmark Cards??? You’d so make a killing! I’d buy them if you they featured your photos!

  11. Amanda July 8, 2011 at 21:49 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Ummmm… extreme couponer? Stage mom? Food taster? (That last one would be MY personal choice. Hmmm, on second thought, maybe wine taster would be better.) In the meantime, enjoy your current job – the hours are long and the boss can be a bit of a slave driver, but I’m pretty sure the compensation package is worth it.

  12. Linda Medrano July 10, 2011 at 09:31 #

    I see a photography studio in your future. You have amazing talent! Plus, the pup can go to work with you. For that matter, the studio could be in your home. You can arrange your hours around your son’s school. You are such a natural for this one.