What Will My Son Be When He Grows Up?

2 years, 5 months.

Dear Jack,

Today Mommy and I asked you what you want to be when you go up.

After 5 sincere seconds of contemplation, you came to a decision:


Mommy recommended you’d probably be happier if you were a king instead.

But then you changed your mind, anyway.

Your new hopeful profession? Butterfly.

Then, a horse.

(It was as bizarre as last Saturday morning when I watched you play at the indoor playground; wearing a dinosaur costume, pushing a baby stroller with two plastic building toys on the front, to make it look like a bulldozer.

I thought it was also an interesting choice that the baby doll in the stroller was face-down the whole time.)

Also, the unrehearsed answers you gave us today for your speculated career choice actually reminded me of one of my favorite songs in the world, “One Of These Things First” by Nick Drake:

“I could have been a signpost, could have been a clock. As simple as a kettle, steady as a rock. I could be here and now. I would be, I should be. But how? I could have been one of these things first.”

Your final answer at the end of the day was “monster truck,” by which I think you mean, “monster truck builder/driver,” like Frank the Monster Maker on All About Monster Trucks on Netflix.

Based on the way you were totally into watching a “how to build a monster truck” video on YouTube with me this morning, I’d say that sounds about right… that is, if you carry out your love for monster trucks for the next two decades.

I hope you have better direction than I did going in to college, not positively knowing what I wanted to do (and be) for a living.

Somewhat randomly, I ended up graduating from Liberty University with a degree in English, only to enter the work force in sales and recruiting; eventually to transition into now more of a customer service and human resources position.

It’s not something I could have planned, but it’s how I help make a living for our family.

Maybe life will make more sense to you at a sooner age. Maybe I can help with that… with all my clever wisdom and whatnot.

But if you want to build and drive monster trucks for a living, I think that could be pretty cool.

Or you could be a horse. Being a horse would be pretty awesome, I think.






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