WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY

to be clear, I still haven't ruled any of these out
  1. 1.
    "a great sandwich maker like mom"
    says my baby book
  2. 2.
    paleontologist
    circa the summer I was nine and read Jurassic Park three times in a row
  3. 3.
    parapsychologist / monster hunter
    read a lot of Hans Holzer as a preteen, and one particular book about Nessie several times
  4. 4.
    movie star
    at some point, probably
  5. 5.
    marine biologist
    because dolphins!
  6. 6.
    screenwriter
    had a name all picked out for my production company too
  7. 7.
    history professor
    once a nerd, always a nerd
  8. 8.
    renowned author of accessible popular nonfiction
    seemed easier than history professor
  9. 9.
    renowned author of highbrow fiction
    Dwight Garner or nothing, where reviews are concerned