I discovered it several weeks ago during a bored blog-surfing episode, but never linked up. However, this week, one of her prompts spoke to me. Mama Kat asks:
"If you could change career paths now and be anything you wanted to be…what would you be and why?"
This kind of struck me as the perennial "What do you want to be when you grow up?" prompt we were constantly given as elementary school kids. Every... stinking... year. But now, we ARE supposedly grown up, so instead of looking ahead, we are asked to look back.
Okay, so for writing prompt sake, let's ignore that I'm a mom. Also, let's look back to my original answers.
In grades K-2, my answer was always "artist", and then I would draw the required accompanying self portrait of myself standing in front of an easel, painting some masterpiece while wearing a smock and beret. Because that's what artists wear and do.
Somewhere around 4th grade (because I canNOT remember ANYthing about 3rd grade, remember?), I switched it over to the highly specific "scientist", and then I would draw the required accompanying self portrait of myself working in a lab with bubbling test tubes while wearing a smock.
CLEARLY, I wanted to grow up to wear a smock.
The bubbling test-tubes image stayed in my mind for the most part. When time came for college, I realized I hadn't put much thought into just what sort of job entails smocks and bubbling test tubes, so I became an engineer.
Along my journey to becoming a manufacturing engineer, I got to wear the occassional smock. In the occassional lab. I don't recall many bubbling test tubes, but there was a fair amount of grimy beakers which, it turns out, were much more interesting.
And truth is, I found that career path pretty fulfilling until I got on the mommy track. But (finally, I shall answer the question) the path I would follow if I had it all to do again is to be an...
No really, I mean Abby from the TV show NCIS.
Now, I don't even watch the show. Frankly, I find TV crime dramas rather ho-hum, and Mark Harmon's haircut bothers me. But I really love the Abby character and I want her job. And no, I did not steal my blog name from her. If anything, she stole from me.
I even love her goth fashion as it works for her, and I would totally also wear it in MY lab. Under my SMOCK. But, to be honest, I would lose the bangs...
What's your dream job??