Right now my youngest son is obsessed with clowns. When he grows up he wants to be a clown. Yes, a clown. He’s been researching juggling, having me paint his face like a clown, wearing a hat… He’s predominately interested in being a mime – very specific in his clownly desires.
So, I’ve been answering lots of questions about his attire. My response has been, “Yes, Cooper has decided he wants to be a clown when he grows up.” Then I sort-of roll my eyes and say, “Really aiming high, huh?” Being a clown just doesn’t seem to be an aspiration, plus could he support himself? Pay the bills? I mean, really -he does need to get practical
I’ve been thinking about it though…my oldest son – he used to want to be (and maybe still does)a comedian. He’s totally funny – a real gift. I have people come up to me and tell me that he’s the funniest kid they’ve ever met. And my middle son, he’ll help anyone or anything. Once I saw him pray over a dying baby bird. He has a double dose of compassion.
So, it seems that I have children that want to grow up and entertain people, make people laugh, and care for people and animals. Man – those are things to want to be when you grow up. Those are things a mom should be encouraging, not rolling her eyes about.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get lost in the labels or the expectations of life. Maybe it’s just this time of my life… But, when I grow up, I hope I am doing those things that my children are so attuned to. I hope they don’t lose that wonder at life and that they never stop imagining what they will give to the world.
So – what about you? What do you want to be or do when you grow up?