Tuesday, May 5, 2009

When I Grow Up

I am reading a magazine article about five women who radically changed their lives when their kids were old enough to go to school. One pursued a higher education, one became a skydiver. Three others did three other things, and it made me wonder. What about me? Will is going to start preschool in the Fall and even though it doesn't seem like it right now as Jack does his broken crawl around the playroom, he will follow behind soon. And then, they will both leave me for full day school. One part of me can't wait. Only in my dreams have I had 8 uninterrupted hours of productivity. But, what will I do with them?

I know I will volunteer at the school and be "that mom" for awhile. The one who is all PTOed and teacher's helper. I won't wear jumpers and be Perky Perkerton, so I will never be a momunist... but I will be all schoolie schoolie. But, what is going to take up my other 37.5 hours a week that the kids are gone?

I have always wanted to open a bakery, but I can't bake and I don't have that kind of time. I would like to work, but I don't want to be in charge, exceed the hours I feel like working, feel any stress at all, and bring any work home with me. I am pretty sure that isn't that tall of an order, is it? It does rule out any and all HR positions, so I think I am going to start over. But, from where?

Do you remember the game of Life, where all you had to do was roll the dice and you got kids, married and paintings from Uncle Richard that you sold for $100,000. Is there some real world version of that I can look into? I thought about doing something medical because I loved ER and think that I could really be a female Dr. Doug Ross (albeit far less attractive and definitely not as smart), but I am tough and would totally punch a dad for hitting his kid. Or, I thought about beauty school because I like to play with hair, but they work a lot of hours and I wouldn't want to cut it the way people wanted. I would want to cut it the way I thought it would look cutest, and therefore would have very few clients. I hate retail. I hate food service (unless its my own bakery called The Cupcakery where we would have cute cupcakes and coffee... all of which delicious and therefore not made by me).

Jack goes to school in four years and three months-ish, so that leaves me that long to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I read Pioneer Woman and cattle rancher looks pretty good... and I would love to breed dogs, but I am pretty sure my homeowners association won't let me do either. Then again, this whole blogging thing could take off by then and I could spend my days sipping lattes and inspiring the world to not call their kids turds. Ahhhh.... the possibilities.


Homa said...

Let's see how you do with getting all the admin duties sorted out with Rd. Samej...if all goes well, you can start a Super Admin business kind of like Super Nanny. You'll come in and whip the office and staff into shape and increase their profitability.

Amie said...

I don't know what I want to do when I grow up either...but it's not what I'm doing now.
Just think, if you have the baby girl you can put off making up your mind for a few more years!

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are so funny.
I don't know too many people who DO know what they want to be when they grow up. I am not sure myself...so I will just keep on doing this domestic engineering gig I have..the pay is crap but I do like it. Good luck-Suz

Tuffy said...

I thought you had more time. What about their younger, yet to be conceived sister?

Karen said...

I opened an online store. I've now got a very demanding boss that I have learned to hate because she won't let me slack around through the days without buttloads of guilt.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Homa - So far, all I have done is bring the stuff home. I don't think I will be a stellar admin support professional.

Amie and Mike - Not a bad idea... hmmm.... Even more reason to have another one.

Suz - I would be happy with that gig too! I have seen your vacuum!

Karen - I love your stuff! But, I have no skills, so I am pretty sure my boss would fire me and hire someone who does... which would be much less profitable!

Anonymous said...

Oh you are so telling my story! My youngest is due to start school in September and I don't want to have to work for anybody but I want to do something amazing...is it too late to become a marine biologist I wonder? What would the hours be like with that? would I still be home in time for the school run? My oldest is 10 and betwen you and me, the working day begins when they get home and you have to do teattime, reading, homework, run them to after school activities...hmm, maybe lying down and sleeping would be my best option for the school hours?

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Mom Seeks Life - Oh my god... I didn't even think about the fact that I could just sleep the whole time. You are a genius!