- Posted July 27, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
From Dream To Dream I Go
In elementary school, I'm pretty sure I was the only first grader that not only wanted to be an archaeologist but could actually spell it. The type of archaeologist changed over the years, from an underwater archaeologist that discovers Atlantis to one that was an expert on Celtic migration to studying the Olmec civilization. I recently came across a box full of notebooks from my school years and each one is full of archaeological information I read in books. I drew diagrams of ancient stone circles believed to pre-date Stonehenge. I 'learned' the proper way to prepare a site for a dig. I attempted to teach myself hieroglyphics because there was also a period of time when I fancied I could be happy as an Egyptologist. This was probably around the same time I was reading Elizabeth Peter's novels.
As I moved into high school the dreams changed. Now my dreams were of moving to New Zealand. I would go to university there, live in Christchurch, and spend my weekends in the country watching sheep. In season, I would go North and be a migrant farm worker picking kiwis. I would take my holidays in Australia and Vanuatu. This dream was so much of a definite in my head that I lived every day knowing that's what I would do. I actually filled out university applications and even had them in envelopes ready to send off. I was voted 'Most Likely To Live Abroad' in my senior year. That and best hair. My gift for the 'Most Likely To Live Abroad' designation was some York Peppermint Patties and there was a little note that said they were to remind me never to forget where I came from. I knew for sure that I didn't want to stay in York, PA my entire life.
So far we've got two dreams that didn't come to fruition: archaeology and moving to New Zealand.
Now I'm living the life I never would have expected: I am a full-time mother to two beautiful babies. If someone would have told me 20 years ago that I wouldn't be a career woman I would have rolled my eyes (and believe me, little girls are experts at the eye-roll), but now that I'm here in this moment there isn't another job in the world I'd prefer. I'm raising my children to be responsible and caring members of society, to be role models in the future. I also write about my experiences with them, cooking, life, and my always-ongoing dreams.
It might not be where I thought I'd end up, but it certainly is where I'm supposed to be.