That was one of the many responses I would have when folks would ask the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question.
My first response was always a mother. Here’s the proof, from the picture drawn in second grade.
My second response was always a teacher. Having college-aged siblings gave me the insight that I would need to have something in mind to actually study. I also wanted to be an artist or an entertainer. And if pressed further, I would say a costume designer.
I loved clothes and color and dress-up. In my early high school years, I would study the college brochures that listed fashion design as a major. The problem was that I was intent on attending Valparaiso University, which didn’t have that option. So by junior year, my focus went back to elementary education, for which I am incredibly thankful.
As it turns out, I’ve become all those things I aspired to be. I was, and still am, a teacher. My current students are only the four that turn up for Mama-school each day (classes run before and after their public school hours). I am an artist, using photography as my medium most days. And every teacher and parent needs to be an entertainer at one point or another.
And with Halloween around the corner, I’m a costume designer as well.
I am truly blessed.