Blog Fodder is back! Actually, it was back last week, but I had a hectic hectic week and flat didn't get to it. (Forgive me, Moogie?) Anyway, here is the latest edition of Blog Fodder:
This week's question is brought to us from Kevin, a new Blog Fodder participant. Hop over and tell him hello. And, if you decide to join us at Blog Fodder this week, go here and let everyone know so they can come and tell you hi!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
I always wanted to be a writer and a teacher (with a brief spell of thinking maybe journalism...that didn't last long). What changed was what ages I wanted to teach. When I got old enough to start thinking seriously about it, I first wanted to be a high school teacher. I dearly loved all my high school English teachers and I wanted to be just like them. However, something happened to the kids between the time I got out of high school and the time I did my student teaching. I did my student teaching in a high school in a bigger city than I grew up in and the classes I was in... well, they ranged from remedial English (do they use that term any more??) to an honors drama class. I LOVED the drama class. The other classes... not so much. The attitude of the kids was horrible. They didn't want to be there... and unfortunately I was not "Sir". I may have given up too quickly, but after going back to the dorm crying every night, I dropped the last two education classes I needed and got my undergraduate degree in strictly English. Teenagers are fine in the individual sense, but I don't enjoy them in large groups. I admire those like Allie who choose to work with them.
I found in teaching my first and best love is the preschool and early elementary years. Give me a 3-8 year old and I have the most marvelous time! Maybe it's because I've never really grown up... what do you think?
I fulfilled my dream of teaching and am working on my dream of being a "rich and famous" writer. I'm writing and submitting (not as often on the latter as I should... which my good friend, Marianne frequently reminds me of).
And, speaking of my good friend, Marianne, don't forget to check out The Long and Short of It if you are looking for hints on some good reads.