Childhood Ambitions
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I just read a post from a friend about going to see "Oklahoma!" the musical.

Going to see
Oklahoma! with my family was possibly the highlight of every summer in Elementary School. My dream was to grow up and play Ado Annie at Discoveryland in Sand Springs, OK. It never occurred to me at the time that Ado Annie was the "floozy" of the musical...I just knew she got lots of laughs from the to kiss a cute boy... and sang a lot of fun songs! (One of which I loved to sing along with was titled "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No." It strikes me now that's pretty hysterical when sung by a nine year old.)

I had a cassette tape with the songs from the musical and had every one of them memorized. I feel sorry for the people who had to sit around me during the show.

In fourth grade, I convinced a cute boy in my class to play the part of Will Parker and sing the duet "All Er' Nothin" with me in our city's Hometown Talent Show and again in our school talent show. I must have had incredible nerve and powers of persuasion back then. It wasn't too long after fourth grade that cute boys began to terribly intimidate me. (I got over it a few short years later!)

I can't remember exactly how old I was when I moved on from my dream of playing Ado Annie when I grew up....but it was a dream steadfastly held until at least Jr. High.

So....what did you want to be when you grew up?

Anonymous Kelly had this to say:

That is too funny Starr. I totally wanted to be a Wal-Mart clerk when I grew up. I remember when those scanner things came out and I thought that had to be the coolest thing ever to stand there and scan products and push buttons on the cash register. I even begged my parents buy me a pretend cash register - I don't remember how old I was, but I remember I was WAY to old to have a toy like that. Anyway, it is odd that I have never had a job in any kind of retail even to this day. I get my fix nowdays by using the self-check out at Wal-Mart. I am probably the only full grown adult who finds joy in scanning my own groceries. :) By the way, that is funny that your friends liked the Oklahoma production this year. Jeff took Rosie when they were in town (thinking it would be fun for her - being from Seattle and all). He said it was so bad, they were relieved to leave at intermission when it was raining so hard they cancelled. I think he was just remembering the good ole days when it used to be really good - or maybe it was just too early in the summer and they had not had enough rehersals...who knows.

July 25, 2007 at 2:58 PM 

Blogger Margo had this to say:

I can't remember wanting to be anything except for a pediatrician. Well, I definitely work with kids, that's for sure. The only difference is that they're all MY KIDS and I don't get paid a six digit figure! Oh, about Oklahoma...we had a great time and it was a good production, but the sound wasn't very consistent and Curly wasn't cast very well. He was good; he just didn't seem very Curly-like!

July 25, 2007 at 4:25 PM 

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

I want to be Julie Andrews when I grow up. (That's present tense, mind you. I'd still like to be classy. No matter what she says it sounds pretty.)

July 25, 2007 at 9:35 PM 

Blogger littlepastor had this to say:

I always wanted to be married to a pretty girl that wrote about her childhood ambitions on a blog.

Seriously, I always wanted to be a SportsCenter anchor. What a job, reading about sports, and watching them for a living. Just think... you could tell your wife you were doing 'job research' when watching the game. Maybe then she'd take the kids out of the room for your 'research'?

July 26, 2007 at 9:37 AM 

Blogger Mrs. and Mama Knifton had this to say:

I remember always wanting to be a secretary. I thought it was great how secretaries were so organized and how the person they worked for relied on them for their schedule and to do everything for them. I'm realizing that being a wife is pretty much that way...except all the added benefits!

July 26, 2007 at 12:31 PM 

Blogger Catrina and Eric had this to say:

The only thing I ever remember wanting to be was a Solid Gold Dancer!! As a child I would organize "neighborhood shows" where I would be the dancer out in front, and then I'd have about 3-4 backup dancers. We'd even charge people a dollar to come and see us!! What a dream, eh? It's not too late, is it?

July 28, 2007 at 3:32 AM 

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