Thursday, September 12

Mama Kat Thursday: Childhood Career Dreams



The Mama Kat Topic for today is:
"Something I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up."
 
Since I was a child of the 60's and 70's, there were fewer career options for women. My Barbie doll was always either a teacher, secretary or nurse, which were about it for the day, though I was never interested in any of those professions.

Like other kids looking at dinosaur pictures, I think first wanted to be an archaeologist. Discovering huge bones sounded like fun---until I learned how tedious, intricate and mundane the job really was.
 
After that, I toyed briefly with the notion of being a Veterinarian, even trying the 4-H Veterinary Medicine segment one year, but it was too much science on round worms and trichinosis to hold my interest.


Then, when I was a teenager in the early 70's, a show called "Emergency" started up featuring a pair of fireman-paramedics. Paramedic medicine was brand new and trendy then. I was completely enamored with the idea of being a fireman-paramedic for a couple years. I even got certified in first-aid, but, after further research, decided it wasn't for me after all.

Roy Desoto (Kevin Tighe) & Johnny Gage
(Randolph Mantooth.)

One had to be a fireman first and the strength requirements to qualify were  out of my league.
So, I joined the Air Force after high school instead.
     Oddly, I ended up working as medic for the next 5 years, which served to convince me I never wanted to be in the medical field again.
 
Later, after the Air Force, marriage and few passing employments, I found my way into Floral Design and spent the next 17 years working in that profession.
It's funny how things work out.
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1 comment:

Kristina said...

That's an interesting career path. Sometimes it takes trying something to know whether or not it's for you. I hope you enjoy what you do now.

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