Ellen wants to stay home with her kids when she has them and she'll probably blog, but she doesn't want to go to work. I don't blame her. Going to work is for suckers!
Sam takes hard classes, has awesome friends, runs fast and a lot. He's doing an internship with a local music biz guy next semester. He's interested in sound engineering. He loves and has great taste in music, which I TOTALLY take credit for. I've worked harder on that as a mom than nutrition. I keep trying to talk him into being a lawyer. But he isn't interested in being one. Sam has the aptitude to do anything. We'll see.
Maggie sings in choir, is watching FNL, has impeccable taste, likes design, and possesses social graces that can't be taught. She gets all As. She could do anything. I wonder what she will do? I wish they talked more in Young Women about education and flexible jobs that women can take breaks from or work from home when they have kids. Maggie has some great YW leaders and school teachers. I think the conversation for women and work is changing and becoming more helpful. When I was young it was fine, but it was kind of all or nothing. Like, at church they talked about how being a stay-at-home mom was best. And at school they talked about doing anything you wanted, getting an education, and especially about how great it was for women to go into engineering. The 2 were not reconciled. This is what mothers have been doing for the last 50 years though. Figuring it out. Let's talk about which industries are more open to flexible work arrangements. Let's talk about how you "quit" a career and go back to it, or put it on hold. Seriously, how?
I'm assuming Maggie gets married and has kids. I CAN'T WAIT TO BE A GRANDMA. I fantasize about it. I have older friends who are entering that stage of life and it seems pretty fun.
Ideally, Ben would grow up to be a Mythbuster. He plays the guitar, solders, understands how things work, and loves comics, The Hobbit, Doctor Who and Sherlock. He says he wants to do special effects for movies when he grows up. I like the idea of Sam and Ben working together providing full service sound and special effects. I'm sure they'll change their minds. Just as I think about jobs that would be conducive to families for my daughters, I think about it for my sons. I would like Ben to get a PhD and become a professor. But that's how comic book villains always start out, so maybe it's a bad idea.
Maybe they'll get jobs that aren't even considered "jobs" now—like blogger. That's my job and it certainly didn't exist when I was a kid.
What do you want your kids to be when they grow up? I think it might be nice to have a real estate agent or a pharmacist in the family.