Tonight an unnamed daughter of ours, who shall remain unnamed, announced to us that she wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. But her fallback plan is to get married to a guy who has a good job and become a middle school choir teacher. When asked why she has to be married to be a teacher, she said that teachers don’t make enough money. I assured her that teachers do indeed make enough money for a single woman to live comfortably on and she assured me that she doesn’t want enough money. She wants a lot of money. That’s why her dream is to be a marine biologist. But she’s no dummy. She knows that most people don’t get to live their dreams. That’s why everyone needs a fallback plan. Here’s a little snippet of our conversation:
Chris: Honey, I think that if you want to be a marine biologist, you can be a marine biologist. There’s nothing in your way. You go to school, get the degree and get the job.
Unnamed Daughter: (rolling her eyes) Dad, what did you want to be when you were my age?
Chris: A singer.
Unnamed Daughter: And are you one?
Chris: Well, no not exactly. But singer is not as easy to plan for as marine biologist.
Unnamed Daughter: Right. (Ignoring his logic completely) You make a living at counting traffic. That should have been your fallback plan. I’m just planning ahead. You know how everyone’s always saying (insert great mocking tone into voice here) “Follow your dreams….”? Well, that’s dumb because not everyone can do that. Not that there’s anything wrong with dreams. Everyone has them. But, like every guy in my class wants to be a football player when he grows up. Do you think anyone of them is actually going to be a football player? No. Probably not even one of them. They should all have a fallback plan like me. Then they won’t be disappointed.
Ah….the optimism of youth. My daughter – she’s not content to crush her own dreams. She must crush the dreams of everyone around her as well. Does a mother’s heart proud.
Where did this unnamed seventh grade girl come from?