Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief?

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  1. lushgurl says:

    Hahahaha Jocelyn! I loved this post…funny when you look at things that way huh?
    When I was little I did lots of stuff that I still like to do today- I used to play Restaurant at my grandmother’s (she lived in the country). For hours I could mix mud and put lovely flowers or berries on it to make it look good enough to eat. My last job (which I really loved) was working in a Deli! And, if you ask Maven, she’ll tell ya, I bake amazing cookies!

  2. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Funny, funny post! This is brilliant stuff. I think my favorite bit is your image of the president creating policy out of bits and pieces of garbage in a styrofoam-cluttered room. And all this time, I thought he decided such things by flipping coins or doing eeny-meeny-miney-moe with his advisors.

    Thank you for non-stop belly laughs. You rock.

  3. sweatpantsmom says:

    You must send him right over. We have tons of stuff we’re not using that he can tape together that will help him on his path to greatness.

    (Thanks for visiting my blog!)

  4. Lone Grey Squirrel says:

    You have a wickedly funny sense of humor. It was a fantastic post. I am impressed how open minded you are about your children’s carrer choices. in fact you might make a great career guidance counsellor.

    I’d like to share what I did when I was young but it will be way too long… you have inspired me to do a post on it one day. Again, hahahahah. I’m lovin’ it. 🙂

  5. lime says:

    girl, you are hilarious. i love how your mind works…you are clearly as warped as me! thinking back to when my limelets were very young….bwahahahah..lots of fodder for a similar post there.

  6. Jazz says:

    Jocelyn that was a brilliant post. As for whether my obsessions as a child grew into my work of today. In short unfortunately no. My life would probably be much more interesting if that were the case! And maybe I wouldn’t be dreaming about nutjob shrinks.

  7. Balou says:

    Love your blog! If I had to bet I would imagine your kids as being open minded, funny, creative adults. As for me, making mud pies, spending hours in my playhouse, sewing polyester tube dresses for Barbie and nurturing oodles of kittens you would’ve thought I’d be the perfect stay at home Mom. Maybe I would have. Instead I find myself as a graphic designer. Hmmm.

  8. Glamourpuss says:

    You do know that whatever they become, they are still more than likely to put you in a home someday, don’t you?

    Don’t spend too much on college education – you’ll need it to bribe the nurses in the home.

    What happened to Lucifer? One scratch too far?


  9. mist1 says:

    Great post.

    My parents never picked up on my OCDisms when I was a kid. Sometimes, I like to rub that in their faces. I think they appreciate that we can talk so openly about that kind of stuff.

    Seriously, there was a point when I was so obsessive compulsive that I thought about getting a job as a stock clerk. I wanted to line up rows of soup cans and bottles of detergent at Target. I thought it would feel rewarding. Then, I got some help.

  10. furiousBall says:

    Speaking of OCD – my son parks up all 90,000 of his cars and trucks in our playroom in a perfect line and gets extremely perturbed at his sister for looking at them in an unsettling manner. I think he will also be president, because I think W has all his toy trucks lined up like that too.

  11. Undercover Angel says:

    Come to think of it, when I was about 12 I would sit and write for hours, and would put tape record things people said and then sit and transcribe them all later… So, maybe there is something to that…

  12. Dorky Dad says:

    You are hilarious. Given issues with the space shuttle, the space station and our Mars rovers, I think duct taping things together might be giving them too much credit.

  13. Diana says:

    Oh, yes. I absolutely adored looking at all the secrets pond life held under the microscope in my various science classes. That love I’ve run with in my doc jobs, especially at the health department where I get to witness a cornucopia of critters from various drippy sources. My son got a microscope for Christmas. I’m fiendishly turning him into a mini-me. Can’t wait for the summer when we can take jars and get pond water to oooh over. Life is good.

  14. ldbug says:

    Wow! You’re son is very creative, I’d say NASA, certainaly. Daughter? Maybe a billionaire!!

    I was always writing, composing, acting. I did also do random science experiments. I don’t know, I am a scientist now, should I have focused on being a writer? My thoughts are that I can always be a writer, but I only have this certain amount of time to establish a science career…

  15. velvet girl says:

    This was fantastic! Very funny and thanks for the laugh.

    My dolls remained stuffed in the toy box under my bed while I went out to climb trees with my brother, so, no, my youth didn’t predict that I’d be a stay-at-homeschooling mom. Then again, I’m not exactly a “typical” mom.


  16. choochoo says:

    Get your son a collection of small, furry animals. If he tapes them together, it’s not a good sign.

    I used to draw zeros like that all the time, when I was a kid, and just look how I turned out:D

  17. Cheeky says:

    How can you look so happy in all that snow????

  18. That Chick Over There says:

    I’ve always written for hours and hours upon end, but I didn’t really end up a writer. I always thought I was bad at science and math (because I’m a GIRL and I grew up with a bunch of SEXIST PEOPLE, but that’s another story entirely) and now I’m an environmentalist and have to use chemistry like, EVERY DAY and it’s so weird.

    Also, I have many things that can be taped together.

    Additionally, we might have the same kid who is just changing wigs periodically. Not sure, but they certainly sound just alike.

  19. Dan says:

    Oh my goodness! That boat totally rocks! I’m sure it would fetch … oh … at least 14 cents on eBay! 🙂

  20. Logophile says:

    Clearly a life of crime, like their mama.
    Love it
    and I am so glad you managed the potty in the shoe shoes maneuver.
    Its even harder than it looks, I am impressed

  21. Hammer says:

    Yep. my dad told me that he used to buy me expensive toys until he saw me toss the toy to the side and play with the boxes 🙂

  22. Mother of Invention says:

    Yes, I am the one who had a blackboard on the back of my bedroom door and I’d “teach students”, all lined up on my bed! I doubt my stuffed pink pug, Floppy,ever really got that spelling list conquered! And that cowgirl doll couldn’t sit still in her foot board saddle,the Bride Doll was dreamily looking at those Bride Mags!

    I became a elementary teacher and have taught from Kind. to Gr. 7. I was always the one who worked at summer camp for diabetic kids. Never babysat much but liked to Play with kids so I could observe them and teach them words!

    Think that all pointed to teaching!

  23. Spider Girl says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog, Jocelyn! Funny, funny!

    If using wads of tape to stick stuff together is any indication of sociopathy, then I’d say an enormous amount of my preschoolers are on their way now…hmmm, and they look so cute and harmless!

    That, and my own basement would be a lot less untidy if I wasn’t always keeping potential daycare “fun craft stuff” around.

    How’d I end up a preschool teacher anyway? Your post made me stop and think.

    I WAS planning on becoming a mortician/funeral director. At the very least a biologist of some kind. For years and years this was the plan. I loved holding funerals for bugs when I was little, graduating to goldfish and gerbils.

    A distant relative mine I admired oversaw the funeral preps of such folks as Errol Flynn…I had tea with the local funeral directors in later life.

    What the heck happened? 🙂

    I might need to write a post sometimes analyzing that…

  24. paintergirl says:

    I love this post!
    Definitely an DIY entrepanuer architect! Daughter, the woman who writes an unbreakable computer code.

    I worried when my son lined toys up, now I see it’s normal. He has told me on more than occasion that he wants to take care of all the cats in the world.

  25. Diesel says:

    “Dad, can we go down in the basement and find stuff we’re not using and tape it together?”

    That’s an outside-the-box thinker, right there. I mean, what the hell, right? You might make something cool by accident.

  26. Lee says:

    Oh my god…what a brilliantly funny post! Thanks for the laughs. I had to post this to My Favorite Posts. Hope that’s okay.

  27. Claire says:

    Thanks for stopping by the other day. Enjoyed this post!

  28. CSL says:

    When I was in high school, people were always spilling their secest to me. Unasked. I never understood why they’d want to do that. I had no idea I’d end up hearing secrets for a living.

  29. Top cat says:

    I love your sense of humor and how you use that humor in your posts.
    I enjoyed the pics of your son’s creativity using simple household items and tape.
    If the writing of zeros wasn’t something the kids in school were doing I would be concerned, yes OCD was the first thing that came to mind.
    Cute and I love how you encourage your children’s creativity.

    I once built an airplane out of discarded wood and canvas complete with a wing. I hung it from a rope and I could climb into and pretend I was flying.
    Later in life I did join the Air Force but my duties usually kept me grounded.
    Great post.

  30. Steven Novak says:

    Get out of the snow you goof. 😉


  31. Lhianon says:

    Fantastic Post!
    Everyone here at work is looking at me funny as I giggled my way through.

    Son has the potential to be an artist and make billions of dollars selling his taped together works of art… and daughter can be the accountant and manage the billions of dollars.

    I read a lot as a child, collected rocks, played school, pretended to have a house with a husband and kids. Growing up my mom did in home daycare so there were always lots of kids around to play with.

    I can’t if any of my childhood hobbies turned into my career choice/path though… I’ll have to think on it more.

  32. Michael says:

    This post is hilarious! I was cracking up at “can we go down in the basement and find stuff we’re not using and tape it together?” That sounds like the kind of thing I’d love to do. The end result is excellent, too.

    The guesses about possible future careers and personality traits based on such isolated incidents (or are they?) are funny, too.

    They sound like great kids … and extremely entertaining.

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