A few nights ago, some friends came over for dinner with their two kids. They had just returned from a family road trip that included a visit to that venerable bastion of learning, U.C. Santa Barbara. As this was the alma mater of both couples, we jumped on a campaign to "encourage" the kids to chose UCSB for their future higher educational needs. That would then afford us the chance to re-live our college days vicariously through them, the dream of every parent, right? (We do not have children, so these kids will be called upon to fulfill our dreams as well.) The elder, Taylor, who will be in the 9th grade in the fall suggested that perhaps we talk to her about this again in a few years, "like when I'm actually thinking about college and all that!"
- When I told my mom I wanted to be an actress and she told me to learn how to type (and later, my step-mom said it would be better to learn accounting.)
- In my high school civics class, Mr. Rogers asked me "what do you think you might want to do for your career?" I said I wanted to be the head of a big company. He told me that most heads of companies had either a law or accounting background.
- Another high school memory: One day I was at my then-boyfriend's house when his sister arrived there. She looked so glamorous to me, dressed in a fashionable business suit and carrying a beautiful briefcase. I wanted to be her. I asked my boyfriend, "What does your sister do?" He told me she was a CPA.