10/9/10

I'd love to crawl inside her head for ONE day.


The children came to school Friday morning so EXCITED! They knew that Firefighter Jack was bringing his fire engine to school, and that we would all get a grand presentation and probably even get to hear the sirens!

Emily, who we all know is unpredictable and phenomenal, was no exception. She was dancing around the room with great exuberance and expectation.


We marched out to the fire engine in a nice, neat line and listening intently to Firefighter Jack share about his job.


The children’s hands would fly up and down, and we would bat their questions away with a “shush” and a finger to the lips. There would be plenty of time for those later.


I watched Emily as SHE watched Firefighter Jack with great interest. In fact, he seemed to have captured her utmost attention. (Even I can't do that.)


I watched her for 15 minutes as she seemed to gobble up each word- each description of the equipment and fire safety.


As we were walking back into the building I asked her, “Emily, did you learn some great stuff? You were such a good listener!”

“YEP! And guess what? I FINALLY figured out what I want to be when I grow up!” she exclaimed with a toothless smile.

I was convinced she was going to blurt out “A Fireman!”


She smiled happily and said, “I’m going to be a UNICORN RIDER and a HULA DANCER!”


And away she ran. (To the water fountain, I suppose…)


25 comments:

Snappy Di said...

the minds of the young work in such mysterious ways. LOL

unmitigated me said...

Finally! I thought she was never going to decide. Kids these days! They think you can wait until first grade to make these important decisions.

Question: Will she do both simultaneously? Because I'm thinking that a hula dance on the back of a unicorn would make a great show in Waikiki.

Joanie M said...

I love Emily more every day!

Is she this year's Frank?

Gigi said...

A unicorn rider AND a hula dancer? My that girl has ambition!

Laura said...

OMG!! I love it! I needed a good laugh like that!

I think Emily might be related to my Julia (also in Kindergarten)...who recently asked her dad "Aren't you glad you're not one of the fighting Army soldiers?" (as they were discussing dangerous jobs)...DH is a soldier who is an analyst--mainly a desk job, though he was deployed once before Julia was born (& no matter WHAT your job is, it's dangerous over there) & will probably go again in the next 2-3 years.

The things kids say...

:) Thanks for the smile!

Irish Gumbo said...

Well, the connection is obvious, isn't it? Sheesh.

I would advise her to not try and hula dance while riding a unicorn...bad things could happen, bad, bad things...

diariesofamadwhitewoman said...

This is so choice!!! :) You never know what young people are going to say next!

Mellodee said...

This kid will absolutely worth keeping track of after she leaves your class! If nothing else, she can always earn her keep doing stand-up! :)

Robin Dodd Photography said...

I stopped by the book fair at the girls school yesterday and the kinders were there with their wish list papers.. they are SO cute. They all want me to read theirs.. love the kinders..

Steven Anthony said...

lol...we should all think ,more like children ;)

Cheryl said...

I love Emily so very much.

Guess what? I sniped you! I've been waiting to follow out loud until I could be sure it mattered. I'm #1700 with a bullet.

My word is coughwe which is apt since I just came down with a cold and I'm so angry I could just spit.

Cheryl D. said...

OMG! Did my daughter change her name and somehow get enrolled into your class? That sounds so much like her! Scary!

InspiredDreamer said...

That's absolutely fantastic. Maybe we all need a fireman in front of us to figure out what we really want out of life. :)

nick said...

We never had any interesting speakers come to our school. Although, I do recall one kid's dad who brought along his paper weight collection.

missy said...

OMG! That is hilarious! Do they have scholarships for those careers?

deardarl said...

Bwahaha. That will be some circus act when she perfects it!

Still ... better than one of my Yr 3 treasures who is determined to "grow up to be a deer".

Captain Dumbass said...

Emily is brilliant! How do I sign up to be a hula dancing unicorn rider?

Liss said...

Haha, I had an EXACT same experience with one of my twins Olivia when the fire brigade visit our playgroup a few months ago.

Her response complete with rolling eyes and indgnation was 'A musketeer MUM' Sheesh. Like I even knew that was an option!!

Lady Mama said...

Unicorn Rider? Wow. I wish I'd thought of that fifteen years ago.

Pamela said...

Wow. I am a unicorn rider and hula dancer, and I am just so excited to hear that there's a kid out there who wants to be me when she grows up. This made my day.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Depending on the firefighter, I wouldn't want to be him, I'd want to be under...uhh, never mind. : P

WeaselMomma said...

Fireman Jack must have really been something to inspire hula skirt and unicorn dreams!

Sabrae Carter said...

That is just to precious! Who woulda thought a fireman could have inspired hula dancing and unicorn riding! I'm going to visit our local fire department and see what I want to be when I grow up to!

Sarah Garb said...

Well, those unicorns aren't going to ride themselves! Sometimes it takes figuring out what you don't want to know for sure what you do want. Firefighter was perhaps tied, but after the visit the tie went to unicorn rider/hula dancer.

tamilyn said...

Damn! She is taking my dream job! Guess I'll be packing cereal for awhile.......