Workin' Girl

Irish Coffeehouse wants to know about our careers- then and now

THEN: As a child day dreaming of what your future would hold for you, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you ever pursue or achieve it?
NOW: If you could be trained and placed in any career beginning tomorrow, what would it be?

As a young girl, I had big plans for my future.  We’re talking MAJOR big plans.  I just knew that I was destined to become a member of the most elite and glamorous jobs ever.  I was going to become a Stewardess.


Stewardesses got to fly around to exotic places like Paris and Rome (I didn’t know until later that those were actually in Texas and Iowa), they wore classy uniforms and best of all, they got to wear Go Go Boots.  For all these wonderful perks, all they had to do was pass out a meal or two and something to drink.  Yep, that was my dream job.

Sadly, I never did end up working in that highly coveted field.  Well, maybe I did in a small, very grounded way as I was a server in a very touristy waterfront restaurant for a few years.    I  met people from exotic places like Paris and Rome (the ones in France and Italy) while wearing a classy uniform…and Top-Siders.

Over the years, I’ve worked at a variety of jobs including such glamorous and unusual positions as bookkeeping  (yes, me!), traveling encyclopedia salesperson and a hypnotist’s assistant.  Yet, we are asked what our career choice would be if we could start, fully trained and ready to go tomorrow.

Hmmmm…what an interesting thought.   I considered what would be most important to me.  Of course, I would need flexible hours as my number one priority is still my family.  Traveling to exotic places would be nice.  Working and helping others has always been high on my list.  It would have to be a varied position…monotony drives me nuts.  I’ve got it.

My new career would be… philanthropist!  And of course, I would wear go-go boots…

Yep, that’s my dream job.

Off topic note: Do you know anyone who has Pulmonary Haemosiderosis? I know of someone that is looking for information and a support group about this.

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27 Responses to Workin' Girl

  1. Personally, I can’t wait to see you in your pink-and-orange philantrhopist’s ensemble. With matching go-go boots.

  2. Jan says:

    Oh, I think I’ll change my mind. I want to be a philanthophist, too. That means I’d acutally have extra money to give away! That would be a novelty.

  3. Brenda says:

    Yep, Stewardess was what I wanted to be, but I was afraid of flying and so it never worked out. Instead I was gflorist for 20 years, made arrangements for several stars, Liberace, Suxanne Somers, and others, The got smart and went back to school Wsa a substitute teacher for a few years and then got into lighting design…for plays. Now I am the Director of a Performing Arts Center and I do gigs with my new hubs who is a Pyrotechnic. Great fun.

    But if I had to do it over, I would go staight to the Light deisgn and pyro training get all the cool gigs!

  4. Brenda says:

    Okay I am recovering from surgery so you have to forgive all the typos!

  5. Karisma says:

    It seems to me that all you really want is the go go boots. I think you should go out and get some! Hypnotist Assistant sounds like fun! Must have been an interesting job indeed!

  6. Robocop says:

    I could see people doing this just for the boots.

  7. Oh my gosh! I LOVED my go-go boots. I had a white pair. I wore them until they literally fell apart.

  8. CruiseMom says:

    I remember the days when being a stewardess was a glamorous career. Now they are flight attendants and it doesn’t seem so glam. Hypnotist Assistant, now that sound interesting.

    And having enough money to have a job giving it away – sign me up!

  9. storyteller says:

    How interesting to learn of the various jobs you’ve experienced … and your ‘go-go booted philanthropic’ vision of a possible future. It’s quite an image ;–)

    Thanks for your visit to Small Reflections and the suggestion about WordPress. I may want to pick your brain about that at some point, but I’m too overloaded at the moment to consider any significant changes … and I’m HOPING this won’t happen again. I’ve also read recently of ‘issues’ with WordPress … (particularly the latest update)… and someone was complaining about Typepad recently too, so it seems there’s always something. One thing I would like about WordPress is not having my 3 blogs ‘lumped’ together w/o being able to ‘distinguish’ between them when leaving comments. WordPress seems to allow me to enter whatever URL I choose … when I’m paying attention.
    Hugs and blessings,

  10. Becky says:

    The go-go boots are a must, my friend.

  11. SabineM says:

    ME too! I grew up in Switzerland, so I WAS SET on being A Swiss Air Stewardess!! My first flight ever was at 13. I was lucky because I lived in Europe and we drove to all the countries I visited and being in Switzerland we were so central. SO flying was such a luxury. My daughters flew as soon as the pediatrician said it was ok….so flying is not soo special! 😉

  12. hulagirl says:

    Oh, I’d love a job with go go boots, too. A hypnotist’s assistant? How fascinating! I’d love to hear more.

  13. Aaaah, the days of “I’m Linda! Fly me!”

  14. Alison says:

    Now this is one career that I could never do…I am a white knuckle flyer!! I could very easy be a philanthropist also, but I don’t think I would wear go go boots…I used to have a white pair though…I loved those boots!!

  15. Beth says:

    A stewardess today … probably not so glamorous and go go boots … only if you got to wear hot pants too !!

  16. Dorky Dad says:

    A hypnotist’s assistant? I think you need to tell us about that experience. Did you pick up any tips? Do you use those acquired skills on friends, family and/or blog readers?

  17. chrisb says:

    I’ve often wondered what it would be like to have so much money you could become philanthropic 🙂

  18. Debs Buzz says:

    Go Go boots are the BOMB! 😀

  19. Amanda D says:

    My hubby was reading over my shoulder, and he laughed outloud. Great post! I want to wear go-go boots too. I probably couldn’t walk in them though!

  20. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Go Go Boots? Really? Are those the boots my wore many years ago? 🙂 A hypnotist’s assistant? Really? I bet that was fun! I would think encyclopedia sales would be hard.

    I don’t know why but I have always thought that philanthropist was a weird word. But it would be cool to be able to do.

  21. Lisa's Chaos says:

    dang it – the boots my MOM wore many years. . .

  22. ari_1965 says:

    I’m not so much for go-go boots. But I’ve always wanted to be the kind of tall woman who looks good in tractor boots. Alas, I am short and don’t look good in boots of any kind.

  23. judy says:

    Thanks for visiting my Fun Monday post. I loved yours. After putting some depth into my thinking after my post I realized that had I know about the benefits of the airlines when I was younger, that is a path I would definitely have chosen. My problem is I just want to be retired from the airlines– not actually still working there. Have a great day.

  24. Karina says:

    For the record…I’m not a stewardess, and I still got to wear go-go boots! Why, you ask? Because I wanted to. 😉 Oh the good old nightclub days, when I was young and could get away with wearing such things! 😉

  25. grace says:

    wow, that is a cool job to want to have, I just admired the stewardess from far and thought you had to be very very cute to be one

  26. MomIz says:

    Hi..visiting your blog for the first time…find it interesting. Will frequent it. 😉

  27. Pamela says:

    I loved your post. Go Go Boots…who’d uh thunk? ha ha

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