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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.
What Does He Want to be When He Grows Up?
I asked and 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.
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 school since they would have gym on dress up day. Plus, the shirt was pretty snug. (Why do they grow so fast?)
What is the CEO Career Day Outfit Made From?
- 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, so I took the fold-out magazine mailer, peeled the label off and he made it into a laptop with markers. It was the perfect size. Done!
He unfolded the mailer and wrote out more code and an email screen on the inside. And at this point he got really started to get into it.
What is the Amazon Box For?
He folded out another cardboard box and made it into a makeshift office. Thanks Amazon!
The note outside his office 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.
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.