When they grow up
It's funny...I remember when the older ones were little, getting the typical "fireman, policeman, baseball player" and "just like my daddy" answers from my son. And there was that stage at age 5, when he thought that being a garbage man would be the coolest thing on earth. They drive those huge noisy trucks, and they get to ride standing up on the back. From my daughters " a princess, teacher, mommy, gymnast", among a few others. Now the oldest three are grown. I could see from the time they were little what general direction they were headed.
The oldest daughter used to spend "naptime" decorating herself with outrageous attire. Her grammy and I made sure she learned how to sew, and she many spent years of her childhood in the specialty sewing shop that my mother worked in. She is now a designer with degrees in marketing, design, management and art. She is product development manager for a wonderful firm.
My second oldest is begining beauty school, and plans to attend college after that. She was offered a lovely art scholarship but is going to pursue her business degree first. When she was little she would spend hours painting, and offering her artwork for sale. She used to say that when she grew up she would live alone and with cats and paint for a living!
My 15 yo has been graceful since the day she was born. The girl floats when she moves. She hopes to be a professional dancer and is well on her way. My 10 yo wants to be a doctor, or famous! She is fascinated with bodies and health, and also is a little performer.
I have spent the last 26 years of my life watching these amazing human beings develop and working so I could give them the oportunities to develope their passions and talents. It is so worth it, such a joy to watch it come into fruition. Oh, and the former garbage man wannabe? He drives a skid loader in a warehouse. Standing up. Belongs to a union and absolutly loves what he does! And he is very much like his daddy.
Watch your kids closely- they will give you glimpses into their future. And yes, sacrifice and make their dreams come true. It is such a joy when they do!