When I grow up...

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Registered: 04-02-2003
When I grow up...
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Fri, 08-08-2003 - 3:06pm
I was just wondering...how does your current life compare to what you dreamt of as a young person? I realize that most of us don't become what we wanted to be as a kid but I'm wondering how far on or off the mark some of us are...

When I was young I wanted to be a lawyer. Probably because I thought it was cool to be in a court room and jump up, yelling passionately "Objection!" I always assumed I'd have kids, and I guess I assumed I'd have a husband (though I never really thought about that part too much) and I definitely thought I'd be rich. I was just convinced that I was the type of person who was destined to be rich and famous. I even made a bet with my stepbrother when we were 12 that I'd be a lawyer by the time I was 23. Well, three years ago I had to fork over two whole dollars b/c he won the bet...I'm not a lawyer but a student/aspiring writer.

So what about you all?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 3:42pm
I had children later than I thought I would. I thought my kids at their ages would still have 4 living grandparents. Otherwise, my nice suburban lifestyle is what I'd always assumed I'd have. Strange that so far, it's turned out pretty much like I thought it would.

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Registered: 12-12-2002
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 3:46pm
My life is pretty much exactly what I thought it would be. All my time growing up, I wanted to marry and have kids young, be a stay at home mom, and drive a mini van. Only two differences I can see. First, I wanted more children. Not really to HAVE more kids, but to adopt and/or foster parent. Second, I thought I would write more than I do/have. Not as a career, just for me.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 4:01pm
You must be a lot younger than I am; when I was a kid there was no such thing as a minivan!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 4:04pm
I too, must admit, that when I was a child there was no such thing as a minivan. There WAS the station wagon, but not the minivan. I guess this is just another sign that I am growning older every day.

Jenna

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Registered: 05-28-2003
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 4:11pm
*Everyone* had a station wagon in my neighborhood. Ours was a Chevy Caprice Classic. I hated sitting in the baaaack seat, but with 4 kids, someone had to.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 4:37pm
To be honest, I had no idea what I wanted as a child other than I wanted to have kids. Never thought much beyond that. I knew I'd work but figured I'd work at whatever job I was able to get. Didn't plan on going to college. That happened after a few dead end jobs and then it was only going to be for a two year certificate so I could get a better job. Didn't plan on winning a full ride to a four year university but I did. Didn't plan on going to engineering school but that's where the dean of liberal arts thought I belonged. I just kind of fell into life. Fortunately, I've been pleasantly surprised several times along the way.
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Registered: 03-29-1999
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 4:54pm
The First minivan was the Volkswagon Bus, but they didn't call it that....
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Registered: 03-29-1999
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 5:10pm
Well, I thought I'd be Mary Tyler Moore..be single, have a career, my own apartment, etc. (Maybe Sara Jessica Parker instead of MTM :0)

Instead, I met my DH in college (where I still lived at home.) We decided to get married, so I stayed home to save money until we got married. Never really live completely on my own.

I figured I'd be a teacher or a nurse or some and would be married to a guy who made enough money to give me the "choice" to stay home or work. When DH & I were getting serious and he was a music major, it was a shock for me to realize I'd probably have to work all my life.

OH Well, I'm still happy!

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Registered: 03-29-1999
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 5:15pm
LOL We had a Dodge. It was ugly dark green with wood paneling down the sides. The funny thing is, we still had it when I learned to drive but no one was using it at the time. My Dad had hurt his back and couldn't sit in the seats so he was driving the "car" and this was after my brother's accident so my mom was driving the van with the wheel chair lift.

I wanted to be able to drive to school so bad, I begged to drive that ugly station wagon. But dad wouldn't let me. He thought it was too big for me to handle (or didn't want my driving that much, I don't know.)

When I hear kids today say they wouldn't be caught dead driving the mini-van or the family car, I think, "I would have driven ANY car as long as I could have driven instead of taking the city bus everywhere."

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Registered: 05-21-2003
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 5:56pm
it has turned out MUUUUCH better then i dreamt it would be. (well i thougth i am going to be a singer, by the time i was 12 i found out, that that is not going to happen lool).

Well, then there came other dreams, other goals and none of it came true, noooo, when you least expect it, luck will hit ya once and you don't have to worry bout a thing anymore, that's pretty much what happened to us. (i got married in between and we have a 5 year old).

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