Thursday, 14 October 2010

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This was the question posed to me by my 6 year old grand-daughter at half seven this morning.  Although  bleary eyed I had to chuckle ;-)

At age 52 I thought I may already be grown up but it got me thinking.  Do we ever really grow up?  What do I want to be?   

In her young eyes she obviously thought that I had time to do more ..... then she stopped and thought about it and said but nanny you are a childminder .... so that's my excuse for behaving childishly now and again .... splashing in puddles ........ get excited about snow ...... messing about with glue and glitter  .... watching Disney DVDs .......having a giggle ..... and loads more that I can't get my menobrain to think of at the moment.

Then I thought back to my school days when girls were encouraged to become secretaries or nurses ..... I had chosen to go to college but my dad said I would be better off applying for an office trainee position at Vauxhall Motors ..... that was in the days when it was huge and most of this town was employed there.  His logic was that I would get paid for learning.  I applied to the Bank of England too and can vividly remember aged 15 getting on the train to London on my own and finding my way to Threadneedle Street for an interview.  I sat quietly in the waiting room while everyone else went in and then the receptionist realised it was lunchtime and they had forgotten me.  She quickly arranged for me to have lunch and two very posh blokes took me up to the restaurant and bought lunch .... I sat quietly listening to them talk about their families and they quite obviously lived in a different world to me .... it was all horses, private schools, clubs, golf etc.  I was just the girl from the council estate who went to the local comprehensive.

I was offered the Vauxhall traineeship and a trainee position at the Bank of England and chose the former.  I can't say that I regret the decision but I do wonder where I would have been now if I had gone for the latter.

If I had my time over again I think I would choose college and I would love to be an archaeologist .... I've got the Time Team gene and would love to dig around in the muck to find out about the past.

For now I am quite content being a childminder and granny knit-knit .... I am happy being me.

What do you want to be when you grown up ?????



  1. I still dont know what I want to be when I grow up! I always wanted to be a nurse, but Mum wouldnt let me do the training (as you didnt get paid for it!) The only thing I didnt want to do was work in an office - and thats what I have ended up doing all my life!! If I had a choice today - it would be something to do with food (but not working as a chef etc - too much like very hard work!) I think I would like to teach people how to cook.

  2. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do - I've done so many varied things already, all of which came about by accident. There's nothing to beat being in the right place at the right time to land up doing something which challenges your preconceptions!
    I always knew what I didn't want to do - teach comes immediately to mind! I'm not wild about what I'm doing most of the time now, but I live in hope of better to come...

  3. Oh I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up for sure!

  4. Hello! I read you a lot, but don't usually feel a comment worthy enough for submission! But I love this post, and the question! I find myself asking it quite often these days!

  5. Not quite what you asked, but I would love to be a time traveller, popping back to ask my ancestors questions, being on the trail of the pioneers in the US and chatting to them as they travelled, seeing a Shakespearean play AT THE TIME, visiting housewives a few hundred years ago and so on and so forth...

  6. Oh Mags any comment will be so gratefully received and lovely to know you are following x

    Sandie interesting take and what a great idea x

    Lorraine .... we'll have to get an 'ology' together lol x

  7. I've no idea. I've done many things in the 24 years since I've left school - jeweller, secretary, PA, TA and playgroup worker. None have felt right.

    I asked the same question to the boys - big son quite fancies being a forensic scientist and little son a maths or science teacher.

  8. It has taken a long time, but I think I am more comfortable with myself now in my retirement than I have ever been before.
    I can be what I want and it doesn't matter.

  9. PS I think I could still convert George back!

  10. Interesting how our younger lives are quite similar. Barrister - after working in consumer law I used to love to argue the finer points. Failing that - Judge Judy, haha!