It's evening, two kindergartners in the back seat, one of them mine and one is shuttled home after a play date. I'll call them Miss Cutie (AKA pre-Barbie) and Mr. Handsome (AKA pre-Ken), here is the conversation:
Mr. Handsome: "What do you want to be when you grow up, Miss Cutie? What do you want to be?"
Mr. Handsome: (can't wait to state his future profession) "I want to be a policeman guard in the museum"
Miss Cutie: "I'll be a firefighter"
Mr. Handsome: "you can be anything you want, you know? I might be a planet scientist who lives on planets"
(upgrade! good for you, young Mr. Handsome! we should make an appointment with your parents and sign the engagement agreement before he changes back to security guard)
Miss Cutie: "there's no such thing as a planet scientist. You can't get there! right mummy?"
Mum-me: "you can research planets, and maybe when you grow up you'll be able to live on one too" (just not too far, mummy doesn't want to fly coach all the way to Mars)
Miss Cutie: "I want to be a mom"
Mr. Handsome: " just a mom? (auch), you should be a babysitter, yeehhh!"
I stopped listening. Gazing carefully at the road ahead I thought, 'the kid has a point'. An average 20 something babysitter makes anywhere between $15-$22 an hour. A mom makes a complaint and a grudge, drawings for the holidays (with lots of good intentions, of course, and a healthy dose of smiles at breakfast). Conclusion: babysitter waaaaay cooler.
Conclusion #2: I need an out of the home job, quick. It looks much better when you dress up nicely, shove everyone out the door, into the car and aahhhh, the workplace! An office all to yourself, computer station without partners or other sharing-parties, a coffee mag to call your own and the wonderful recycled air! I might even have a window!
Indecisive? Confusing? True. I opt to read The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and dream of greener future for me and for my daughter, 'couse being a mom is wonderful, it's a life time commitment that oftentimes dictates your lifestyle but it always seems not enough....