My 11 yr old child: “I don’t know what I’m going to be.”
Me: “Good, I’m glad you brought this up. Healthcare. Healthcare is the field to go into. There will be more healthcare jobs needed in the coming years than any other profession- doctors, nurses, all kinds of practitioners. Right now is the time you need to start thinking about these kinds of careers. OR you can be a Coach. Not a sports Coach, a Coach who coaches CEOs of large companies and helps them achieve more in their professional and personal lives. This field is exploding right…”
My bewildered child: “Huh? What? I’m talking about Halloween.”
It’s recently become clear to me that I had no clue about the real world as a young person. I had direction, but no guidance. I blame no one. It’s not anyone’s fault but my own. You see, I didn’t ask for guidance. It never occurred to me to seek out council. At 9 years old on a class trip to UPENN Art & Archaeology Museum I decided to be an Archaeologist. It was the mummies. The mummies got to me.
I take it back. I blame the mummies.
Twelve years and 90-some thousand dollars later I held a Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology Degree in my hot little hand but had now decided not to pursue my doctorate (like I ever was gonna). I had a new direction for my life. I was going to become a foreign missionary.
I’m not talking about regret today, I’m talking about zipping happily through this life without a clue and not stopping to ask for one.
I suppose now, at 40, my eyes are finally opening to how things work. I’m passionate about guiding my children in ways I never was – whether they ask for it or not.
Now that I think of it, dressing as a mummy for Halloween isn’t such a bad idea…
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7 thoughts on “I Blame the Mummies”
When my girls were young, I’d do the same thing…suggesting all kinds of options for them, when all they wanted was a simple answer…like the Halloween costume!:) Love the mummy picture. I saw mummies in a museum when I was a kid, and told everyone I wanted to be an archeologist, too. Never did anything about it, though. Good for you for sticking with it. Thank you for a great post!
I’m glad when other mothers can relate. 🙂
Rebecca, I love your blog and missed it when it was gone.
Thanks aunt Carol. I missed it too. XO
Yeah, for me it was Psychology. A bachelors in Psychology + $1 will get you a cup of coffee (or a REALLY bad, hard, unpleasant job in a hospital psych ward that pays minimum wage). I’m a bit chagrined at the amount of $$ my parents spent on my schooling considering how little I have to show for it at this point in my life. Yeah, in hindsight I would do some things differently…..
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But, hey – at least you got to travel the world and see a lot of awesome historical sites.
Oh, don’t misunderstand, I’ve had a wonderful time. But as a parent, I would do things differently, I am doing things differently.
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