The Evolution of, “When I grow up”

Today, I was talking to a friend, who always seem to manage to help me develop a post out of our conversations. We were talking about career paths and what not, and how we ended up working where we are now.

For some strange reason, I delved into the different careers/jobs that I wanted to occupy as a kid, kind of like a, “When I grow up, I want to be a…” timeline, including justifications for why I abandoned or changed my mind as I grew into different stages of life. Here is how it went:

1. Circa 5-6 years old, pre-grade school: I told my mom(or my grandma) while wasting a whole, long bar of laundry soap,”When I grow up, I want to be a labandera (nanny, clothes washer, housekeeper)”. This was frowned upon, so I moved on to bigger dreams, not to mention, I had just destroyed a whole long bar of soap.(if you are an old school Filipino, you know what I am talking about, if not I apologize).

2. Circa grade school years: While setting up and playing with an office desk with a name bar, running some random business, “When I grow up, I want to be an office boss”. Not quite sure why I deterred from this goal, but it might have had something to do with my attention span not holding up while sitting behind a desk. On to more ambitious goals.

3. Circa middle school years: After winning a couple of science fairs and becoming obsessed with Star trek ,”When I grow up, I want to be an Astronaut”. Then, I found out what astronauts had to go through to be able to get to space. So, I scaled down a bit.

4. Circa high school years: I became fascinated with the law (via episodes of Matlock), government, and injustice, and going through normal teenage pangs, “When I grow up, I want to become a lawyer”. Then, I saw Devil’s Advocate and I didn’t want to sell my soul to the Devil to be a successful lawyer. Kidding! My parents decided law school would take a gazillion years, so they told me to be a nurse instead. I said, no, and I ended up going to nursing school, anyway, albeit, the shortest program that I could find, HA! HA!

Today, I am working in the pharmaceutical research industry, and I love it, go figure, but, “When I grow up, I want to be a Political Science professor”. So I can influence future law makers, I’m kidding.

Anyways, a gazillion years and 2 degrees later, I’m still growing up, but I think I’m in a good spot and that much closer to attaining my life long dreams, that was recently set, like 7 years ago 🙂

“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”–Confucius.

Here I am before all of the above for Throwback Thursday:


Hidden by Helen Frost


About/Review: Wren is an 8 year old girl, who becomes friends with Darra in a weird way. Darra’s dad steals Wren’s mom’s car with her in it, drives it to his house, and kidnaps Wren without knowing. Wren becomes captured in Darra’s garage, and Darra realizes that there is a girl in the stolen car. Wren and Darra become friends without ever seeing other, and Darra does nice things for Wren, like leaving her food. Wren escapes after a while with the help of Darra’s cat.

This part of the book was had lots of suspense and got my attention right away. I couldn’t put the book down as soon as Wren got kidnapped by Darra’s dad. I also like how the author had animal characters that were very important to the story, like Archie, the cat.

Years and years go by, Wren and Darra are now 14. Wren and Darra meet each other in a summer camp. At first they don’t talk to each other, then they found out they are in the same cabin. Wren notices that Darra is treated differently because she is poor. So, after a while, they become friends, they talk about what happened back in Darra’s garage, and at the end Darra introduces Wren to her mother.

I liked this part because I wanted to know how Wren and Darra felt about what happened and about each other. I liked how Wren forgave Darra’s dad and I liked how Darra forgave Wren for all of the bad things that she created for her family, like getting her dad sent to prison. I didn’t like how Darra’s went prison, cause he was just trying to get money for his family and no one accepted him. But, I didn’t like how he hit his wife and Darra. This book was very interesting and I like how it was written from Wren and Darra’s sides.

Favorite Character: Wren, because she sees the best in people.

Favorite Theme: Lend a helping, Friendship, Forgiveness, Love

Favorite Part: When Darra introduces Wren to her mom.

Least Favorite/Dislike: When Darra’s dad hit his wife and Darra.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

PS: Bluefish was boring and I didn’t like it, so I took it back to the library, and read this one instead. Sorry, mom.

Next on the Shelf:


Leaving Emma by Nancy Steele Brokaw