Wednesday, December 19, 2007

When I Grow Up

A post written by Luann Udell (I just adore her writings and wisdom) has got me thinking. What DID I want to be when I was growing up?

When people are really stuck about what they want to do with their lives, there’s a simple little question that helps unlock the log jam of “shoulda/woulda/coulda”.

“When you were in first grade,” I ask them, “what did you want to be when you grew up?” first I couldn't really remember. I know my friends and I would talk about being teachers. I can't even imagine being a teacher now. We ALL wanted to be wives and mothers. I'm one out of two so far in that score.

But thinking more specifically about what I DID as a child makes me think a little deeper into what I do now.

I loved to color - and even at 29 I must have a large pack of Crayola crayons in the closet just in case the mood strikes me. I used to dump out the entire box of 96 and reorganize them by shade. All the blues in one section, all the reds in another, and so on. Does that say that I like color or like to organize and be in control? HA!

As long as I can remember I've been creating jewelry. My friends and I made embroidery floss "friendship" bracelets on the bus to and from school. I spent a lot of my allowances at the fabric store on all the colors of embroidery floss that I had to have. And of course I organized them by shade.

Oh and my Light Bright! Did you have one of those?!? I used to absolutely adore punching the black paper with the little plastic thingies to make fabulous patterns and colorful displays.

Now I spend most of my money on beads and jewelry making supplies. They aren't 'that' organized but for the most part all my beads are organized by type and color.

I'm sensing a theme here. I'm not a super organized person - my desk at work looks like a tornado hit it and is often joked about by my coworkers. But I know where everything is and it is 'organized' in my own way. So maybe the theme is color. I love color. All shades and hews. Whenever someone asks my favorite color I can't really answer. I love blue but I also love red. And green. And orange. And yellow. And all shades in between.

I'm looking forward to practicing my enameling skills because then I'll be able to combine my love for playing with metal with my love of color.

It's an interesting exercise to go through...I want to be a ____________ when I grow up.


Jennifer said...

OMG! I thought I was the only one that did that to my crayons! And I wouldn't let anyone else use them because they would screw up my organization. Good thing I was an only child

Sue said...

I did the same thing with my crayons, too. My seed beads are organized that way. I'm addicted to color. I love kalidascopes (sp?)and could stare into one for hours. Had a Light Brite too when I was a kid. I loved that thing. I used to take different color construction paper and put in it instead of just the black background.