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Readers Answer Tuesday's Question:


First, let me apologize for leaving out part of Tuesday's Question yesterday and today. Today it's because I don't want it to appear to be duplicate content. And yesterday instead of asking When You Were A Child Who did You Want To Be When You Grew Up, I asked; Who Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up? I can't believe I didn't notice (that typo) and I'm sorry- although I know you all knew what I meant there is no excuse for sloppy grammar... And thats not all, Ferd C from Crazy Medical Cases said that I made another mistake, but I'm not sure I did, and I think he may be kidding but he said; "Interesting question, "Who" did you want to be, not "what" did you want to be."


You see, Who and What are interchangeable when it comes to poorly written questions. I wish he would have caught how awful the sentence was, but I guess he was trying to be polite. And he did catch what I meant about who and what meaning the same or different things when it comes to what you what to do for a living and who you are Ferd just articulated it better. What I was trying to say is we know early on who we are but sometimes we decide to become what others expect of us instead.

For example, I think a writer is what I do and who I am, but anytime I worked doing something else it felt more like what I did for a living as opposed to who I am. Thank you Ferd C from Texas Medical Freak and welcome to Tuesday's Question for the first time, and I hope it will not be your last visit.

In an effort to thank Ferd I'm going to link to him twice, and since you ordinarily get credit for only one url from the same page, I'm going to link to an interesting article he wrote about Parkinson's Disease with his comment, because I linked the main landing page link above.

Anyway, I have to quickly move on since my doctor won the debate over who should be keep waiting, my readers or his patients, and he won. His biggest selling point was that he had to go to school longer, and blah, blah, blah...

Well, let's hope I make it on time and that this sentence makes more sense than yesterdays, and congratulations for sitting through the first part of this post- You are all wonderful.

If you are reading Tuesday's Question for the first time or for entertainment please take a moment to visit these bloggers blogs, their blogs are as much fun as their comments. O.K. Here's the correct Question:


When You Were a Child What Did You Want To Become When You Grew Up?


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My first commenter is my dear dear friend Sandee at Comedy Plus who wrote a great comment just as she does every week. Sandee has been so good to me I'm going to have to buy her a yacht one day.



When I was little I didn't want to do the run of the mill things women were required to do. You know nurses, secretaries and the like. If you tried for anything outside that scope the men would be angry that you were taking the jobs they needed to feed their families. I wanted to do anything I wanted without the typical rules for women that I grew up hating.

My first idea was go into the military. Well, I graduated high school in 1969 and those females that went into the service basically were secretaries or worked in the office filing papers. So, I gave up that idea.

For some years I was a waitress and then a bartender, but this wasn't what I wanted to do either. There just wasn't a future here for me. No retirement plans and well...it wasn't very impressive. The tips were great, but the pay wasn't all that much.

When I was 26 a friend talked me into applying for the Sheriff's Department. I didn't want to be a cop, but I was sick of what I was doing so I applied. I passed the testing and my background and approximately six months after I applied I was hired.

I spent the next 25 years doing exactly what I was meant to do. It is not the typical job and it takes the right kind of people to work in this environment. I can't imagine doing anything other than the profession I finally I had come to love.

There were lots of firsts for me. I was the first female sergeant to be transferred to an all male facility (Men's Jail) and that was even better. I was the first female sergeant to run inmate programs. I was the first female lieutenant to run a lock up (Men's Honor Farm). I came full circle when I was the first female lieutenant to run the Men's Jail (a maximum security facility). I had gone full circle.

I was one of the fortunate few that worked my way up through the ranks and because of that I was able to retire a bit sooner because of those extra benefits. Because of those 25 years I'm now doing what I've always wanted to do. Whatever I want.

May 6, 2008 1:33 PM

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Hmm i think you are right Ann. I was a little goofball as a kid and now I'm a big goofball. Maturity? maybe later.

May 6, 2008 3:23 PM

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And Fredc from Crazy Medical Cases


Interesting question, "Who" did you want to be, not "what" did you want to be.
I so agree our basic personalities are established way early in life. I, too, was inquisitive, and since I can remember wanted to be a doctor just like my dad. I eventually did. But that's mostly the "what."
The "who" becomes clearer to me in my middle age, as I actually DO grow up! I want to be helpful, connected, friendly, a positive force, honest. I'm sure I wanted that even as a child. And for the most part, I think it has happened. Just don't ask my ex! ; )

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And my next commenter is Speedy from the Speedcat Hollydale Page and 0007 Undercover TAGMEMEAWARD CAT

Speedy leaves great comments, read this one, then be sure and visit his blog, you'll be hooked. Speedy the Speedcat is one of those imaginative and fun writers whose blog you love from the moment you click on the landing page. And I'm not just writing this because he always says kind things about me- I'm writing it because it's true. Besides, he says nice things about everyone...oh, now I'm getting tongue tied, just be sure and visit his blog when you have a chance and you'll know what I mean.

Here's Speedy's comment:

Great question here Ann.

My answer changes from one span to the next ... so to speak.
When I was:
5~10, baseball player.
10~13, a bike racer
13~15, motorcyle racer
15~NOW, golfer

I am still working on the golf thing, just a lot harder in the last couple of years.
Why not pursue goals with the positive attitude I had as a kid, and why not keep trying? It's nice to have a dream ... even if it is not meant to be.

Looks like I am very sports driven here, Ann - I never realized that before.

Whistling a tune while blogging down the road ..... (Carpenters again)

(Now, I don't know what he is talking about as far as singing The Carpenters while he is blogging down the road. I guess that's a typo)

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And my next hilarious commenter is Mauniejames who has several wonderful blogs so I decided to link to Mauniejames


I still have no idea of what I want to do but I know it has something to do with children. After high school while I was going to modeling school my company sent me to get a degree for legal secretary...so I got married at nineteen..quit to take care of my son born 9 months two weeks and four days later..whew..then I divorced early and did a succession of jobs..but wherever I went I gravitated towed the children..finally when my first grandchild was born..I took care of her..then the second and the third...they are the very best part of my life...they are all bright well adjusted children..and I think in part it's because I had an influence on them too.
Oh yeah I wanted to be president...and I know for a fact I would be more suited to it then georgie boy..


Isn't that the sweetest comment? Mauniejames is a great blog too~

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And another new Tuesday's Question commenter Christy Evers from Christy Evers A List Of My Writing Accomplishments.



Christy left a funny comment and has exciting news on her blog at the moment~


Here's her comment:

I wanted to be Indiana Jones when I was a kid. And still kind of want that now.

May 7, 2008 6:45 AM


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6 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What a fun question and the answers are even more fun. You hit the mark this week Ann. Looking forward to the next Tuesday Question. Have a great day sweetie. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Ann said...

Sandee, I hope you read the part in this post where I wrote that I'm going to have to buy you a yacht one day you've been so good to me.

I edited this one so many times because (I'm fine) I had a doctors appt. in the middle of it and I messed up alot.

Anyway, I wanted to make sure you read that part because I haven't had as much of a chance to visit lately and I want you to remember what a pal I think you are~

Big hug and lots of lovies back to you~ :)

Ann

P.S. I'm so glad you liked the question and thanks for saying I hit the mark. :))) It gave me a triple smile.

chilly said...

Wanted to follow one of my uncle's foot steps and be a long haul truck driver. And I did for 14 years until I became disabled from a truck wreck in 1992. hmmm, if only we could tell the future, huh!! LOL!

FerdC ~ The Best Parts said...

Annie, I actually liked they way you phrased the question, with a "who" instead of a "what." To me, the "who" was asking about the character of a person, rather than just what the person does for a living.
So it worked out alright!
Nice question. I'll check again for next Tuesday's question!

Ann said...

Chilly, I'm so sorry for what happened to you and you're right if we could only tell the future. Or least I think I would want to know the future, sometimes I'm not sure I would want to know... At least you did follow in his footsteps, and now you're doing something you're good at ~ blogging, and I'm glad you are.

Thanks for answering Tuesday's Question. You left a great comment~

Ann

Ann said...

ferdc, Oh, I loved your answer. I didn't consciously realize that phrasing the question with a "who" implied someones character although it was what I meant. You helped me point it out and saved me from being too wordy twice. You're a lot of fun and I'm glad you commented~

And I love it when someone "gets it" don't you? It made my day. :))

Thanks for commenting and I'm glad you'll be back next Tuesday. :))

Have a great week-end~

Cheers~ Ann

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