“Mom! I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.” An eye roll emphasized her tweeny exasperation.
“I don’t care about what you are going to be.” I said. “You will be a lot of different things. I want an idea of what you want.”
She shrugged, but her eyes stayed on me.
“I always wanted time to paint and write.” I illustrated. “Now, here I am with the time to do it”
She nodded, so I kept talking.
“Your dad always wanted to be successful. It matters less what he is, it’s the success he wants and motivates him.”
“Some people want an ambulance.” She elaborated. Our friends recently bought an out-of-commission ambulance, it’s true. “But others want to go to Mexico.”
“And others want to take a year and half off and live in Costa Rica.” I winked. That was a couple of years ago.
“So, what do you want?” I asked again.
I can’t wait to find out.
C) Marika Reinke – Adventures in Art with Heart, Humor and Spirit.