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So, the night before Career Day at school we were brainstorming for an outfit. It’s Dr. Seuss’ spirit week and in honor of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” they had the option of dressing up for their dream job for the day.
He’s 9 and I asked him what he wants to be when he grows up. His answer was “the CEO of my own company that makes video games.”
That’s certainly a contrast to some of his previous answers. One year he wanted to be a firefighter, another time he wanted to be a zookeeper.
But now he’s into all things Minecraft, LEGO Batman, Ninjago and Star Wars. He loves games and he often draws scenes on paper from games he makes up in his head. He also writes out code, which is a foreign language to me but even if it’s wrong, is pretty dang good for a third grader.
I had a dress shirt picked out and one of my husband’s ties, but I didn’t think it would be very practical for a school day since they would have gym on dress up day. Plus, the shirt was pretty snug. (Why do they grow so fast?)
So we found a plain white long sleeved t-shirt and elected to draw a tie and work badge on it with Sharpies.
We recently got a National Geographic magazine in the mail, so I took the fold-out mailer, peeled the label off and he made it into a laptop. It was the perfect size. Done!
I do enjoy making things at home with supplies we already have, but I didn’t really take into account the full weight of the impact Career Day would have. I figured, whew, crossed that off the list, we got that done, but at that point he got really into it.
He folded out another cardboard box and made it into a makeshift office. Thanks Amazon!
He unfolded the other flaps of the mailer and wrote out more code and an email screen.
One of the emails was a note that said “stained shirt, can’t come to work.” He insists that one of his gamers sent it, unable to come in to work. So he’s already managing sick time for someone and being a boss.
There was even a note outside his office that says “the bosses office, invitation only.”
So obviously we need to talk about effective leadership and being a good boss, but I was really proud of how he took off with it. He got a stainless steel travel mug out of the cabinet and asked me for a black bag to use as a briefcase. And he even took a lunch break at his desk with a hamburger bun.
So he’s quite possibly the most formal-looking game developer out there, but he’s thinking ahead to what kind of life he’s interested in, and for that I am grateful.
I am big with sharing my own dreams with them and encouraging their changing interests, but I never really stopped to think what he might want to do.
It was a welcome glimpse into the possibilities ahead and I got a little choked up. What will he do with this life?
He is so different from me. In school, I lived for reading and creative writing, and they are rock bottom on his list of interests. He’s all about Math and Computers. It’s like he took my weaknesses and turned up the volume on opposite day. And that’s okay.
Oh, the places he’ll go. I can’t wait to see what’s next.