Thank you to the lovely Erika for inviting me to the 3 Day 3 Quote Challenge.
It is my favorite challenge.
I may not have thought of a vampire, but I knew I was different.
I didn’t want to be a ballerina, or a princess, or a housewife.
There were no dreams about proms, or Prince Charming, or happily-ever-after.
I wanted the kind of power that was only held by the men in my world.
I think I wanted to be my dad.
There were a few surprises in store for me.
Hopefully, as we move forward, there won’t be as many surprises for girls in the future. 🙂
Amen to that, Kelly. 💖
I think there’s a deeper, more personal post or thoughts here. Some things have changed but not nearly enough. Let’s hope the future is more enlightened than the past.
You’re right, George, I could write a few hundred more posts looking back on what I believed vs. the realities experienced. I think it is getting better, but we still have room to grow. ☺ Thanks
That is a wonderful quote you picked and I was similar too! Always a little different. I love what you relate to it. I am glad you are enjoying the challenge. Thank you for participating!💖
My pleasure, Erika, thanks for the challenge. 💕 And for understanding the need to be different.
I absolutely do. It challenged me for decades until I finally understood that it was completely ok. My pleasure, Van 💖
I hope you’ll share some of the surprises you found.
Just a sample. I took my degree and my attitude into a male-dominated engineering office, not the best choice for a aspiring feminist of the 1970’s. I fought to be taken seriously. I’m sure many still do. Thanks, Linda ☺
I loved your quote Van; it is great when people want to be a little different from what is expected!
Always keep them guessing, Judy. ☺
Oh, yes 🙂
Glad you wanted to be who you wanted, not what is expected of you by “society.”
Thanks, Vic. Not just society, even my own mother, who resisted my interest in higher education, saying I’d just “end up married, and never use it anyway”. Yikes. ☺
Very nice Van! I want to hear more
So much to say, so many more posts. ☺ Thanks, Lynn. ❤️
Love that quote, Van! I’d say what we wanted to be was shaped by our “genes,” what was drilled into our heads as kids, or what profound experience influenced us! I knew at age 5 I wanted to be a nurse! Fell out of a car. Treated by a kind Doctor who said I was a good helper like my Grandma Maddy! There you have it! For me anyway! Have a wonderful Sunday! 💛 Elizabeth
We’ve talked about this before, E. ☺ My earliest influences were teachers, so I headed that direction. Happy Sunday to you, too. 💖
We both headed in good directions, didn’t we!!! 💛 E
I can relate. I was a tomboy who never wanted to wear dresses, never envisaged a wedding, was never into fashion. I wanted to be educated and independent.
I understand, except for the tomboy thing, I was small and not very athletic, as I was reminded by the neighborhood kids. ☺ I was meant to do other things, no doubt.
Well I wasn’t remotely sporty either but I was pretty physical even though I was dinky. I did a lot of tree climbing.
Yep. I spent most of my childhood outdoors as well. Trees, rope swings, creeks and lakes, and always, the woods. ☺
Yes. The woods. We lived just ten yards from the entrance to our local woods but my parents forbid us to go there. So, of course, I had dens and hiding places galore in those woods.
Of course. ☺ Those forbidden places.
The quote made me laugh. How wonderful is that? When I was little, the career choices were teacher or secretary. Thank goodness times are a changin’.
Yep. Teacher, secretary, nurse. They were the only “acceptable” goals for a woman nurtured during the 50’s and early 60’s. We survived it. ☺
Oh yeah. I forgot nurse. Yes, we survived it!
The mantra needs to be clear and unequivocal, “you can be anything you want to be”, you have our entire support…That is true whether you are a little boy, a little girl, or if you are still deciding.
We have evolved quite a bit, Charlie. Thanks. ☺
I didn’t want to be my mother. That looked like a crap job.
It really did, didn’t it ? ❤️
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Re logged on Nutsrok. Van read my mind!
Not surprised that you could relate. Thanks, Linda. 💖