This week's Blog Fodder topic is brought to you by Heather, who can be found over on Blog, Blah, Blah. This is a real toughie.....
If you could go back in time and choose your career, what would it be?
Before I begin, since this is our TENTH Blog Fodder (where has the time gone?), let’s see if we can break a record and get more people to participate this week. It’s up to you to spread the word. Go on [smiles sweetly] have a go.....
OK, my fodder:
Choose my career?
When I was at school I always intended to be a teacher, although I toyed with the religious life at about 15. I definitely wanted to be around children and impart information. I had ideas of being a primary school teacher and having an impact on young minds.
Then I failed my A-levels, which was a major stumbling block to my plans of University and then teacher training.
As I was also having trouble in school on the whole, I asked if I could leave. My mother, being a teacher herself, said I could only leave if I got a job, thinking that would put me off. So I toddled off to the local newsagents and bought the evening paper. I ringed an advert for a homehelp and went for an interview. A young mother, dad absent working a lot of the time and four kiddies under ten. I got the job and left school immediately.
So, I got my youngsters, and as I discovered nearly 20 years later, all my words of wisdom and manners drummed into the children were still plainly obvious in the newly grown adults - so I seem to have taught them too!
Five families later and I am still reading to children, teaching them colours, simple math, new words, skills and manners!
So - did I actually, in a roundabout way, get my dream job? Only thing is, I don't get paid for it.....and I didn't so much choose it as had it thrust upon me - much like greatness!