Monday, September 7, 2009

Full Circle

Expand, simplify, or be inspired.~Write a paragraph about a job you would do for free. Prompt: "If money were no object, I'd like to be a ______, and work in_______."~Write a paragraph about your philosophy of work. Thought questions: Is work worthwhile for it's own sake, or does it have to have a monetary value? How are you teaching your kids to work? Did your parents make work fun or was it something to get finished before you could have fun?

When I was little I dreamed of going to Egypt or Ancient America, brush in hand, hat on head to dig in the dirt and uncover the past.

Now I am broom in hand, scrubber on wood, chipping away to uncover the floor.

When I was younger, I dreamed of life in far away cities, reporting events to readers around the world.

Now I receive reports from my own press corps, down to the minute detail, what so-and-so did to who-and-who. What’s more, they want to know what I’m going to do about it.

I used to think of a career in law, arguing cases, going to bat for the little guy.

Now I am judge, jury and executioner (of discipline) to my own court room of miniature plaintiffs and defendants.

I used to consider teaching junior high English, developing the ability to weave words and charm readers in the young.

Now I am developing the ability to mind my own Ps and Qs, remembering the magical way words tend to stick in minds and come out at the least appreciated moments.

Things have a way of coming full circle. We glimpse the future in our mind’s eye, and it looks so vast to our smallness. Then we grow and we know that this, this is what we were meant for all along.

Get thee to school


Kristina P. said...

Beautiful! I will learn from you.

Loralee and the gang... said...

You've pinpointed the most important things in life, which are not things, but people that dwell in our families and in our hearts.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I really wanted to be an archeologist too but now I have to dig in the dirt to find all my good spoons and forks.

I love reading all your School Days posts. Me thinks your cousin isn't the only talented writer in the family =)

Shawn said...

Great way you have with words, for sure! Loved the way you contrasted what you wanted to do with what you do now----nice!

Up in Bubbles said...

That was really good and so true. who knew?

Queen Scarlett said...

I love this.

Emma J said...

Okay, but do we have to close that circle so soon? You're not dead yet (I'm mostly talking to myself here) but why not do some of those dreams?

I mean besides the fact that you're overwhelmingly busy already . . .

Mrs. Organic said...

I suspect I'll make my way around the circle again, this time I'm just getting my experience. I'm definitely going to do the archaeology bit.

Emma J said...

Good for you! I should have told you, too, how enjoyable a read this was - you do write so well.