Dream Big, Kids!
Posted by wendiwendy
In light of the recent measles outbreak, I was curious whether I’d ever been vaccinated for the measles. Dave and I were talking about it and I was pretty sure I had been, but not positive. Then I remembered the School Days book my mom used to keep for me, which I still have.
This book is one of my treasures — it has school photos, report cards, awards, my class schedules, teachers’ and friends’ names, and anything else I deemed important that year (my first speeding ticket, my bus pass). My mom kept it updated through first or second grade, and then I took over. I still pull that book out when I can’t remember for sure what classes I took sophomore year, or what teacher I had for first grade. (Dave, by the way, remembers all of that stuff effortlessly. How does he do that?!)
In the back of the book is a record of my immunizations and illnesses, which was filled in by my mom until 1970. I was, indeed, vaccinated for measles (and mumps, diptheria, etc.) The two main illnesses I had were roseola, which I don’t remember having (I was only two) but may have contributed to my hearing loss, and chicken pox, which I still remember as one of the most miserable experiences of my life.
What really stuck out, though, was this little section at the bottom of each school year (through sixth grade), called When I Grow Up I Want to Be – . I never really paid much attention to it before, but apparently in kindergarten I wanted to be a mom, a nurse, and a school teacher.
Back in the late 50s / early 60s, apparently most boys aspired to be either a policeman, fireman, cowboy, astronaut, soldier, or baseball player. Girls could choose from mother, nurse, school teacher, airline hostess, model or secretary.
I could never have used this book for my kids. When Eric was in kindergarten, he wanted to be a Power Ranger when he grew up. Paige wanted to be a veterinarian. (Well, in the book’s defense … there is a blank line where you can fill in a custom occupation.)
I think it’s kind of sweet that I did get to be one of the things I wanted to be in kindergarten — a mother.