G: What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up and what do you think about that now?
P: Like many little girls, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. I’d spend hours playing school and teaching my invisible students all the things I was learning. I was remember my beloved first grade teacher, Miss Edmunds, looking at me right after someone next to me had thrown up and asking, “Would you like to be a teacher?”
Not really grasping the undercurrent of what she was implying and assuming she really wanted to know my career plans at age 6, I responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes!!”
It wasn’t until years later after an adult student had puked in my hallway and walked out as if nothing had happened, leaving me and my staff to clean up, that I fully grasped what Miss Edmunds was implying.
At that moment my answer was a resounding, “No!”
But here is the indisputable truth. I’ve been teaching my whole life. Whether it’s teaching a roomful of scantily clad men and women how to do the grapevine or inadvertently teaching someone what not to wear or teaching my old dog a new trick, when this teacher is ready, her students appear.
I also starting writing poetry at a young age and won a poetry contest in 7th grade. I wouldn’t win any kind of poetry contest these days because the standards are higher and I tend to swear, which might disqualify me.
I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer but because it came relatively easy to me, I thought my true calling must be something that I should really wrestle with. (As if making a living writing isn’t enough of a struggle.)
Consequently I created a lot of drama around the “what do I want to be when I grow up” question which actually prevented me from growing up in some ways. I spent a lot of time wandering around the desert pondering the meaning of life.
Now I wish I would have written as well as wandered.
All those experiences served as fodder for my writing. I currently have 5 books begging to be birthed. So the challenge is now to do what I was born to do. Write. No. Matter. What.
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