Once upon a time there was a young boy named Richard in elementary school in East Texas. One day Richard was suffering from a bad case of spring fever and all he could do was lean on his elbows with his chin in his hands and stare out the window at the beautiful blue sky. “Richard!” snapped his teacher, jarring him back to reality. “Pay attention! What kind of job do you think you’re going to get staring out the window at the clouds all day?” she admonished. Richard is Sean’s Godfather and today he flies commercial airplanes — he sits in the cockpit and stares out the window at clouds all day.
When my brother was a little guy, my parents bought him a toy tool kit for Christmas one year. His favorite hobby became disassembling anything he could get his hands on. Today he makes his living taking helicopters and airplanes apart and putting them back together.
One of my earliest memories is going to the grocery store with my mom. I was fascinated by the cashier. Back in those days, before scanners and bar codes, the cashier manually pushed buttons for the price of each item. I thought being a cashier would be a great job if it meant getting to push buttons all day. Today I spend a lot of time sitting behind my computer pushing buttons. On the other hand I wanted to be a nun too, so maybe it’s just coincidence.
What did you want to be when you were growing up and are you doing it?