What I Wanted to Be Growing Up, Chronologically

"Teacher" and "nurse" were most girls' answers then. They were never mine. "Accountant" was where I ended up. It was never on the list at all. "Wife" and "mother" were nearly always assumed, but never goals in themselves.
  1. Artist
    I could draw things people could identify and recognize. Is that an "artist" in the second grade?
  2. Writer/illustrator
    I was a kid who read a lot, and it wasn't hard to picture my name under "written and illustrated by" on a book cover. It was MUCH harder to imagine what I'd write and illustrate.
  3. Fashion artist/designer
    I wish I knew what became of all those wedding-dress sketches I made for people during sixth grade...
  4. Commercial artist/illustrator
    My (second) husband actually used to do this for a living. (He GOT the art/illustration degree.) Thanks to technology, there's a lot less need for anyone to do it these days.
  5. Radio programmer
    This idea grew from the combined influences of a Communications & Media unit in freshman English and "WKRP in Cincinnati."
  6. Newspaper journalist/columnist
    I was most interested in writing about the entertainment industry. In a way--and not a "career" way--I do that now.
  7. Lawyer
    I wanted to be the first woman on the Supreme Court. That dream was dashed in mere months by Ronald Reagan's appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor, but I'm actually glad that milestone wasn't kept waiting.
  8. Biologist
    I was already in college when I considered this, and I don't even remember why.
  9. Accountant
    The last stop on my college-major-options train, because accountants can always find jobs. They're just not usually INTERESTING jobs.