Ahhh, a walk down memory lane!
Sitting with The Teen hawking cookies, I waver between pride that she will be one of those students who shell out cash for memories of cookies and a sadness that this is our last year together.
We chat about what she wants to major in. This conversation ranges from Communications, Film, Elementary Education, to Unknown.
These chats, coupled with this week’s prompt, reminds me of what I wanted to be when I was a kid.
1. A Playboy Bunny. Not the ones lounging at the Playboy Mansion, but the ladies who passed out cocktails to gamblers in Atlantic City. We used to spend lazy summer afternoons on the beach of Atlantic City, and this casino was the friendliest to families wishing to wash off sand. The bunnies would make their rounds, bunny “tails” bopping jauntily as they walked through, their ears bent at subtle levels.
2. A Stunt Double. I really wanted to be Wonder Woman, but she was fictional. So I wanted to be the action behind Wonder Woman. I fell in love with the idea of being able to jump from fiery buildings or deliver a punch to the bad guy.
3. A Foreign Correspondent. CNN was just getting big and I would watch Christine Amanpour deliver her stories against a backdrop of unrest. I wanted to see the world!
4. Marine. Semper Fi! As a marine I would be able to see the world in addition to kicking ass. In between I would crack jokes with my fellow marines and play the drums in the Marine Corp Band. At least that’s what “Full Metal Jacket” taught me. Alas, I was overweight and Queenie was NOT having any talk about me joining the armed forces.
5. Professional Surfer. I don’t swim, I hate seaweed, and jellyfish scare me. Couple that with the hair thing (at the time I was fried, dyed, and laid to the side) and this was just a dream.
6. Comedian. When I wasn’t surfing, I would be in a dive bar playing drums to a second rate cover band. Again Queenie put the kibosh to THAT.
7. Torch Song Singer. Not that I can sing all that well, but who cares if they are only in a bar chasing the blues away? I planned to drape across a piano badly growling through One For the Road, A Tisket A Tasket, and other songs made famous by lovely ladies of yore.
8. Lawyer. L.A. Law was my favorite! I wanted to drive a fast car and represent to downtrodden.
9. Bartender. The TV show Cheers made me think that a bar would be a cool place to work. Regulars coming in, debating the news, sipping on their lukewarm drinks. I still consider this as my retirement plan, something like Jolly’s Piano Bar. The drinks will be flowing, the music rocking and I still get to sing, play my drums, and gab it up with people.
10. Writer. I wanted to write the Great American Novel. I still do.