One of Zepp’s latest blogs was about a conversation he had with a friend, about what our life is, and as kids/teens, what we wanted it to be. Hopes and dreams, plans, expectations.
Most of my young life I dreamed of travel to far off places, and I loved knowledge, I admit, I would read encyclopedia’s for enjoyment. I love the Ocean, and decided very young that I wanted to be an Oceanographer. If ever asked that’s what I would say I was going to be. Then some place between Jr. High and High School, I found out, I’m a terrible sailor, just look at me wrong and I get sea sick. An Oceanographer spends between 50-60% of their time at sea, collecting data, performing experiments. OH, and that damned movie Jaw’s didn’t help either! lol So sailing the Sea’s wasn’t for me, but, I still wanted to travel. While in High School, I decided I wanted to be a Flight Attendant. I did all kinds of research and planning. What could be better than to have a job that paid you to travel? Then I flew on a commercial Airline… I had waited tables before and hated it. I hope i’m not stepping on anyone’s toes, but, it was like waiting tables AND having to deal with drunk rude businessmen. I knew that was not something I’d enjoy, travel or no. After graduating High School, I did all kinds of jobs, one was working for a couple of really nice ladies (Karen and Nancy) at their Daycare. I got to play with the kids, have meals, practice my German, (Nancy was married to a German gentleman, and their daughter spoke both English and German), one little girl’s Mom was a nurse, I learned to keep a straight face when a 3 year old tells me she has to BM, AND, my favorite… when it was naptime, I got to recline in the vibrating recliner and take a nap while the kids did. It was a sweet deal! Karen, one of the owners knew that I had the dream to travel. Her husband at the time was a manager of a Travel Agency. He was Japanese, hot tempered, and went through a lot of employees. Next time a position came up, she had me go in and apply. I was the only one to call back and enquire if the position had been filled, so, I got the job. I will say, the years I was there, we had a revolving door of other agents. I think growing up with my Father being the way he was, I was able to handle things better, and, I always knew that no matter what, he, his whole family were honest, and treated me well. Trying to make a long story short… lol I quit to be a Mom when I got pregnant with my oldest son, but when he was a year old, I got a phone call from some businessmen who wanted to open a Travel Agency and asked me to Manage it. It was exciting, building it from the ground up. I even enjoyed the paperwork, and dealing with the P.U.C. Between both jobs I had the chance to travel almost every place I’ve wanted, and had some wonderful benefits. It got to the point where I was gone every weekend though, which was too hard on my son. Hardest thing I’ve ever done was quit that job to be a full time Mom. I no longer had people telling me how great I was, how smart and how much they needed me. Gone were the free weekend trips, and flying First Class, but, once I got over that I was fine, great even! My kids have taught me more, showed me more, strenghtened me more than any job or stranger could have. They took a selfish, self centered person and taught her what love really is. I wouldn’t change a minute… even though I have TONS of grey hair because of them! LOL So, even though I really never set out to be a Mom, I can’t think of anything better to be.
Now, I wanna know what you wanted to be when you were growing up, and if that’s what you became or did life take you down a different road?
BIG HUGSSS, Steph
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