Apparently all of her class has been a Star Student of the Week. If you will recall (and please tell me that everything you read here is seared into your mind - otherwise, why am I doing this?) during the first round of Star Student of the Week, each student had to fill a "Me Bag" with 10 items that were important to them and they had to tell everyone in the class about the items. (One of Sarah's items was a book jacket to represent her book jacket collection. She's, um, different, that one.)
Anywho, this round of Star Student of the Week has the kids filling out a questionarre that will be posted in the hallway with their picture on the 3rd grade bulletin board for all the school to read.
And one of the questions is "When I grow up I want to be a ____________."
When Sarah asked me for the millionth time what she should be, I replied, "I thought you were going to be a lawyer."
"I can't put that. Someone else has already put that on their form."
"So," I replied, "if that's what you want to be then you should put that on the form."
"Mom, that is so boring."
So we played the oh-so-fun game of "What should I Be When I Grow Up?". This exciting game includes Sarah asking me the question, me responding with an answer and her responding with "No. What else?"
This game can literally go on for days.
After I exhausted all of the normal professions: doctor, teacher, actress, librarian, newscaster, singer, nun, stay-at-home-mom (that one got a big thumbs down, by the way), chef , I said, "How about a chef?" Nope. "How about a baker?" Nope. "How about an interior decorator?"
"That's it!" she exclaimed. "I'll do that!"
"Great! Interior decorator! It's settled." Whew. Glad to be done with that game.
"Now what exactly does an interor decorator do?"
ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! Are you kidding me?
After I told her, she said that's not what she wanted to be. She wanted to be the person that decorates cakes. (Please note, above I said baker then interior decorator. Somehow she got it into her head that an interior decorator is a person who decorates cakes.)
Then she asked me what the name of a person who decorates cakes is.
"Um, a cake decorator."
"Nope. That's not it. What's the real name."
"A pastry chef."
"No that's not it either."
"Mom! Will you just tell me the name of the person that decorates cakes??!!!"
She would not believe that it was just a cake decorator. She made me consult Mr. Google and was actually mad that I couldn't find any names for it other than cake decorator, pastry chef or baker.
My brother came to visit later that night and she asked him what she should be.
"A land ship captain," was his immediate response. He's a truck driver and will occassionally refer to himself as a land ship captain.
"Oooohhh! I like the sound of that. What do they do?" she asked.
She was less thrilled when she found out the exciting title of "land ship captain" merely refered to truck driver.
The she suggested a regular ship's captain. I asked whether she wanted to be a sail boat captain or a cruise ship captain.
"Cruise ship captain!" was her immediate response. "And I've already got the outfit!"