WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY

My dad tells a story of me, at age 3, turn over the same small scrap of paper endlessly as I told him the story of my scribbles.
  1. Writer, age 3
  2. Ballerina, age 5
  3. Priest, age 7
    I specifically wanted to be Bing Crosby in The Bells of St. Mary, just so I could say his line, "if ever you need me, just dial O for O'Malley." Sister Jean, my 2nd grade teacher, explained I couldn't be a priest because I was a girl, but I could be a nun. I immediately started crying. Who did they think they were fooling? I saw how much work the sisters has to do while everyone bowed to the priests!
  4. Rob Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke Show, age 10.
    I remember thinking he had the best life, laughing with Buddy and Sally all day. I realize now I've tried to create that story-room environment everywhere I've worked, especially at Coronado and Crater.
  5. Teacher, age 12
  6. Missionary, age 15
  7. Social Worker, age 18
  8. English professor, age 21
  9. No idea, age 23 (& numerous other ages)
  10. English teacher, age 25
  11. Momma, age 30
  12. Photographer, age 40
  13. Well-paid, age 45