When I was young, I imagined myself in a variety of positions. Before I attended school, I thought that being a secretary was a very glamorous job. Later, I dreamed of being an airline stewardess. At one point, I imagined myself as a chemist.
In my real life, I have only held a few positions for pay. As a youth, I babysat and was a mother's helper. My first job for a commercial concern was at Woolworth's Five and Dime, which apparently has morphed into Foot Locker. My Christmas season position at Woolworth's although short-lived was an adventure, which involved selling parakeets, accidentally releasing parakeets, and getting fired. I was not fired because of the parakeet incident. I was fired because the management wanted me to work on Christmas Eve, and my mother said that I could not work Christmas Eve. In most cases, we followed whatever my mother said.
My second official paying job was for the Indiana University library system. I met our Daddy D at the Indiana Regional campus library in Fort Wayne. (What's that you hear playing in the background...the theme song from Love Story?) After Daddy D and I married, I started my teaching career as a sixth grade teacher. Since 1968, I have taught school on and off; but mostly I have taught science to seventh graders. During the years as a stay-at-home-mom, I did do a brief stint as a waitress at Pizza Hut.
Ready to go to work at Pizza Hut in 1972
However, our dreamy hostess has asked us what career would we choose today. My choice would be either to be a graphic artist or perhaps a web designer. Although I am not especially artistic, I would love to be able to take elements and put them together using fabulous software to create brochures, signs, posters, greeting cards, and other products. I do create some of these items for various functions, but my work is definitely amateurish. I would love to be a talented professional.
To read about other career and job dreams, check out the list of participants at the Irish Coffeehouse .