“When I grow up I’m going to be…


… the man on the moon, no, run factories – chocolate factories, or be a doctor.” That was my 5-year-old yesterday whilst playing with duplo in the garden! My 4-year-old daughter then said she's going to be a policewoman, no, a lollipop lady!

It struck me how that journey changes! How many of us are actually managing to follow those dreams? How many of us even know what are dreams are or were? Now there’s a challenge!!!

I remember a good 25 years ago watching Tomorrow’s World do an 'into the future' expose on what TV might look like and, shocklingly, people 'in the future' were seen to be shopping through their televisions! What a bizarre concept! I was absolutely terrified by it… and now look at me!

What a funny journey we take! Our culture has changed so dramatically. I hear older generations say there has been much more change in our generation than in any other – and here I am, helping you to shop through your television and I do it too – and I love it!

I wonder what we'll be doing in another 25 years time??

Pipa x


  1. Kitty June 17, 2009 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    What a lovely blog entry!
    It reminded me of a conversation I had with my mother when I was about the same age as your daughter. She, like you, asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. We’d just come back from the supermarket and I said that I wanted to be a cashier – I really only wanted my own till to jangle. It was because I loved the noise they made and loved pressing buttons (and I wanted one of those microphone things to shout things into ‘Can you price me some bacon, Mrs Grimshaw?’ etc ;)). This was in the early 80s when they had proper tills with buttons though 😉 .
    I was so gutted when a few years later they brought the beepy scanny ones in instead and rapidly changed my mind on my choice of career!
    I’ve ended up doing a bit of everything in my adult life so far, been a librarian, a secretary, a Creative Writing teacher – and now I’m trying to fulfill my dream of being a writer – so far removed from my desperate button pressing, change giving dreams of the 80s!
    With love and best wishes to you
    Kitty xxx

  2. Pipa V June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hey Kitty!!!!
    I too absolutely loved the PROPER cash registers!! I used to have a saturday job in a newsagents and LOVED LOVED LOVED pressing the buttons!!!! Possibly one of my favourite jobs (I too have a rather colourful CV!!) Good luck with the writing – it’s important to hang on to those dreams and pursue them at some stage, not for the world to see, but just for us, so enjoy!
    Pipa x x

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