One question which is often posed to young children is “What do you wish to become when you grow up?’
I was also subject to this question many a times in my childhood to which I had developed a template answer “I will become a doctor when I grow up.” My brother’s template answer to this question used to be “I will become a policeman when I grow up.” I call this template because of the consistency we maintained with our answers.
Once a very analytical adult came to a conclusion, in our presence, that all girls want to become doctors and all boys policemen. This did not feel nice to me. It was like my wish had got degraded loosing its value. I never answered this futuristic career question anytime after that.
There is another angle to this story. I got glasses fixed to my eyes in middle school. My much elderly cousins became highly convinced then that I was surely going to becaome a doctor. Interestingly, their conviction was not based upon my grades in school but my bespectacled looks.
And what did we become many years later?
My brother became a software engineer and I am here being the bespectacled mother.
Now it is Dhruv”s turn to answer this question. However, I do not remember anybody questioning him in my presence till now.
A few days back, Dhruv and I were watching a movie on television. The first 20 minutes of the movie was about car races. He had been watching it with full concentration. With his eyes completely glued to the TV he made an announcement “Mummy, when I grow up I will become a car racer.” Now this is something I have never heard before.
Would you like to share your personal story? What did you wish to become when you were a child?
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