Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Camp Ruined My Kids’ Career Ambitions

Tomorrow is my daughter’s last day of Summer Camp and for the most part it’s been a pretty good experience for her. Especially after spending that initial month with our visiting teenage niece from Ohio (read previous post for more on that.)

She’s made lots of new friends at Camp, her days have been filled with lots of activities and field trips to places that I am grateful they take her to so that I don’t have to.
Well just one place really, “Chuck E. Cheese’s” or as I like to call it, “Yuck E. Piece’s.”

When she came home after a field trip there she proudly announced, “Daddy, guess what? They built Chuck E. Cheese back after that fire you said burned it down! Hooray!!”

I keep wondering if she would believe it caught fire again.

Summer Camp has different themes daily and today was “When I grow up…” Day. The kids had to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grow up, then at the end of the day dress in that role and then talk about why they chose it.
So of course these were lots of Doctor’s, Astronauts, Football Players, Magicians, Singer’s, Musician’s, Teachers, Artists, etc.
My daughter held out her rolled picture of what she wanted to be and eagerly asked me to open it.
I kept wondering which of the many things it was as she’s had quite a career range these past few years: Artist (just like Daddy!), Ballerina, A Pink Truck (when she was nearly 3), Teacher, and most recently a Veterinarian.

Nope, none of it - she wants to be a cleaning lady:

(Actual drawing is on the wall at Camp, but will be posted… )

When I asked her what happened to a career in the field of Veterinarian arts, she said that she changed her mind because if a Tiger came in she would be scared and cry.

And cleaning ladies get to use vacuums, just like the ones they use in Summer Camp.


Awesome Mom said...

My eldest child's dream job is to be a school bus driver. At least they are picking realistic and very achievable careers. I would get worried if one of my kids decided they wanted to be a fast food worker or something like that.

painted maypole said...

well, you can start putting her to work TODAY, so that's handy. And will help her reevaluate her goal, I'm guessing.

DGB said...

I say foster those ambitions and put her to work around the house. Nobody could ever say you weren't being supportive.

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James (SeattleDad) said...

Looks like she can start by cleaning the spam out of your comments!

Anyway, don't worry. I'm sure she'll wise up about her chosen profession after you give her loads of laundry and dishes to do.

ArtistUnplugged said...

Oh my, well, what are you doing with the balance in her college account? The post on her birthday....too sweet, good to see you taking in all of her phases and chronicling them.

carrie said...

No worries.

I used to want to be a hotel cleaning lady. Never happened. Now, I'm a MOM. ;)