"I want to be a clown, in the circus, and swing on ropes and bars," said The Boy.
I love that wish and I hope that he fulfills it!
Now when I was a child (circa. 1988) I wanted to be a bank manager, because I thought it meant that I'd get to count money all day long, and at the time that was one of my favourite things to do. Never in a million years did I envisage myself becoming a teacher; I honestly have no idea how it happened or even why. I think that I might have been pushed into it during sixth form because the private school I attended didn't know what else to do with me. As it was I failed to get into the only two colleges I applied for, and ended up studying to be a nursery nurse before becoming a 'mature' student (at the age of 21) training to be a primary school teacher.
I love my job, but I'm still not sure it's what I want to do long-term (despite having done it for 11 years!)
Therefore when Innocent asked me what inspired me, I had to stop and think with the help of their gift…
And it's that little chappy there on the mug, it's my son that inspires me; to be the best that I can and to fulfill my dream. I'll let you into a little secret here; I'd like to have a craft shop which runs tutorials in a studio room.
One of the co-founders of Innocent (Richard Reed) has recently had a series on television, entitled 'Be Your Own Boss', where he selected new businesses with innovative ideas which he could invest in. As Innocent started out as a stall at a small jazz festival with the three co-founders selling their smoothies, it's great to see them paying it forward to other potential successes. They tested their audience by putting two bins labelled 'yes' and 'no' at the front of the stall, with a banner asking “should we give up our jobs to make these smoothies?”. At the end of the weekend the 'yes' bin was overflowing.
Maybe my craft shop isn't such an elusive dream?
I'll leave you with a few gems from The Boy:
- Daddy, what do you want to be when you're growned up?
- Mummy what would you like to be when you're tall like daddy?
- Daddy, when you were three, you were my child and I was the daddy, weren't you?