Remember saying this when you were a kid?
I certainly do.
There were a number of things I wanted to 'be'.
Firstly, a doctor....probably because my mother was not well.
I just realized this as I wrote it. Hm-m-m
Then I wanted to be a baker. I loved being in the kitchen
watching my mother bake all sorts of things when she was feeling better.
I could bake things at a very young age. It all made sense to me.
And still does.
There was a short time in high school I wanted to be a missionary in Africa.
I think because it was far away and life would be quiet....so I thought.
In university I didn't know what I wanted to do.
This was very typical for the time, until one year that
I took off from university, I was a substitute teacher
at a very tough junior high school.
My eyes were opened up that year.
I wanted to make a difference for these kids.
So, I went to another university, after I got my Arts degree,
and enrolled in the Education program with a focus on
I was a teacher for almost thirty years.
I loved working with the students.
I didn't particularly like the system itself for so many reasons.
Another story for another time.
After my Education degree, I needed one more course to obtain
a higher teaching level, so I took a dance movement course.
It was this course that helped me realize that dance would have been
a very rewarding pursuit for me.
So I took another basic dance course after this
and when we moved to Vancouver, I took more lessons.
I think what I liked is the ability dance gave me to express myself.
I obviously needed an outlet.
I am not one to have regrets about the past,
but I have wondered on occasion what a life as a dancer would have been like.
How about you?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Here are a few photos of me as a 'dancer' in the
Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1989.
Getting ready for the 'jive' number.
Yes, that is Ron on the right.
he was in the production that year as well.