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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

I've spent the last week with my mommy and daddy, eating their food, lying around their house, and watching their TV. When I visit them, I feel as though I've traveled back in time, a preteen mooch with nothing more important to think about than the color of my toenail polish.

One night I was flipping through the Pay-Per-View movies because if you have to pay for them they must be better, right? The satellite may offer 800 "free" channels but the ones that cost, the ones that require you to enter a secret code and push a button three times to say you're really, really sure you want to pay the $3 fee, those are the ones that carry all the shows worth watching.

About half way through The Guardian, an Ashton Kutcher version of Top Gun with Coast Guards, a feeling started to come over me, a feeling I haven't had since I took Laylee to see The Nutcracker last December. I could DO that!

Well, I probably couldn't win a barroom brawl or wear sunglasses with such finesse, but, watching that film, I began to believe I could join an elite strike force of the best of the best of the best rescue swimmers in the country and save lives by jumping out of helicopters in the middle of hurricanes. I decided to join the U.S. Coast Guard when I grow up.

The same thing happened when we went to see the ballet. By intermission I was convinced that if I took the adult ballet class at Laylee's dance studio, really applied myself, and stopped eating food, in two years I'd be ready to play a snowflake in the Big Show. I may be a tad old to play Clara.

Now what does all this have to do with the price of eggs? Nothing really. But it does have to do with parenting. I am a mom, you see. I am also a woman and I still have goals and plans and dreams and an ever-changing idea of what I'll be when I grow up.

At age 28, I have not yet begun to fight. I may not have the physical stamina to swim like a dolphin or dance like a snowflake, but I still have Academy Awards to win, reefs to dive, degrees to earn, non-profit organizations to create, and better parenting techniques to develop.

I love what I teach my kids by continuing to follow my passions and reinvent myself while remaining dedicated to being Mom.

So, what are you planning to be when you grow up?


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