Sometime last year, I was helping Helen with some homework. She had to write a short paper on Career Day, with things like what she enjoyed about it and what she didn’t. She gave it the mandatory positive remarks, but ended the paper with something like, “overall, I didn’t find it very helpful because my mom was not there to represent photography, my chosen profession.”
It was the first time that I realized that I had a child who actually wanted to follow in my footsteps.
I made up my mind right then, that if my girls asked me to come to Career Day next year, I would. And they did.
Naturally, they put me right next to the local K-9 unit. Seriously. It’s impossible to compete with a cute dog. Luckily for me, I had fantastic help from the ambassadors (and Ed):
I tried to be cool without being embarrassing, and spoke truthfully and excitedly about my job, which I adore. Some of the kids actually pretended to listen.
Helen and her friends stopped by, naturally, and kept us entertained.
And she even showed me some love. In public.
Thank goodness to Ed, who was present to keep me calm, and to make a very necessary candy run when our bowl ran dry.
I have to admit, I was nervous about speaking, but it turned out to be really fun! Hopefully, I may have at least inspired one young person.
I learned a few things as well:
- Fluorescent lights are not flattering for most people.
- You can’t compete with cute dogs. Or bald eagles.
- Young people find mini cards fascinating.
- 6th graders really like candy.
- Middle school boys preferred talking to Ed about photography.
I was honored to represent photographers, mothers, and entrepreneurs. Overall, I found it very enjoyable, because my daughters were there to cheer me on. I’m proud to be their mom and their photographer. And I think that just maybe, they might be proud of me too.