My sons are at that age where they start to think about what they want to do when they grow up. Luke is 13 and will be starting highschool next year, so he is considering what courses he wants to take, and what he would like to do when he graduates from highschool. Will it be post secondary education, or straight into the work force? Alex is 11 and naturally interested in the discussions we are having with Luke.
Alex has already told us that he would like to join the Canadian military so that he can help people while having adventures. There are some excellent television commercials on right now that have made an impact on him. Sure, that's a scary career choice, but I support him in his decision. Mostly because I admire his reasons. Helping people is a noble desire.
To help Alex with his career choice, he's intending to sign up to be a Cadet as soon as he's twelve. Jim's family has a long history with the Cadets. All of his brothers went through the program and Jim was an instructor for 10 years after he graduated from the program. I think this is an excellent way for Alex to build skills as well as discover if he's really suited to the career path he's chosen.
Tonight, Luke mentioned that he's thinking he'd like to be a scientist. Apparently, Luke was discussing this with his Dad, and Jim asked him what his strong skills were. They determined that he really likes science and has superb math skills, so perhaps he should go into science. Nice job Dad!
Now here comes the true confession. I've got to admit I'm just tickled at the thought of my boys all grown up and pursuing a career. In my mind's eye, I can see Luke, pale and serious, with a white lab coat on, expostulating some complex and esoteric scientific theory. And I envision Alex, strong and competent, handsome in his uniform, rescuing people from a dangerous situation.
Then I say to myself, "Simmer down Mom!" My boys have a long road before them still. But my, this is an exciting time for our family.