Kathy Tofflemire, Published June 15 2010
Parenting Perspectives: I’m still chasing dreamsMy grandson advises his younger brother to develop an interest in watching football on TV.
Because some day he will be watching his older sibling play for the NFL. That’s after he makes appearances with the Fargo South Bruins and the North Dakota State University Bison.
He’s 11, and it’s good to dream. And I guess you might as well dream big.
Not that I want to go tripping any faster into old age, but I can’t wait to see what interests the boys as they grow older and what careers they may seek.
The younger one really isn’t into sports. His mother and I suspect he might be more inclined to participate in music and/or theater in school. Heaven knows, he can sometimes be a real drama queen.
And perhaps he’ll be a writer like his grandmother and his great-grandmother, who was a poet. He likes to write stories, accompanied by illustrations.
The boys’ mother, at the age of 3 or so, announced she was going to be a “trucker” when she grew up. Her interest in vehicles lasted into her high school years, when she took a class in auto mechanics. At one point, she even considered further education in the field. Maybe she was influenced by the Chevy Camaro she owned at the time.
Later her interest turned to animal care, and she spent a year pursuing a veterinary technician degree. Ultimately, she ended up in the retail trade and entrepreneurship.
I took dancing lessons for seven years, and my dream in the 1960s was to be a part of the June Taylor Dancers, a Rockettes-like group that performed on “The Jackie Gleason Show.” I could dream big, too.
And, of course, like most writers, I wanted to pen the great American novel.
But in high school, I began working on the school newspaper. I didn’t have a job while I was in school, but I became employed at the local newspaper within days of graduation, and I never looked back.
Even a part-time job I held for a few years while on the East Coast was in the “communication business,” in this case via telephone.
“Thank you for calling J.C. Penney catalog. This is Kathy, how may I help you?”
My dream now is to retire in a few years to someplace warm. I could sit on my patio and drink iced tea. And maybe work on that novel.
And if that professional football player could support his grandmother in high style in her old age, that would be great.
Kathy Tofflemire is a copy editor at The Forum. Readers can reach her at (701) 241-5514 or firstname.lastname@example.org