Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Never in a million years....

A friend of mine suggested I write a post on "things I never thought I would say..." Her suggestion came from a situation she recently encountered. Her daughter is the opposite of her. She is a self proclaimed "science geek" and a bit of a "Tom boy". Her daughter, who is my daughter's best friend, is anything but those things. She likes to sing and act and be girly. Recently, her daughter auditioned for a talent agency. My friend said she never thought there would be a day when she said that HER daughter has a marketing manager. But alas she has a marketing manager, and alas, my friend is entering an entirely new realm different from her own.

The same day, I ironically, had a similar experience. And thus, this entry made perfect sense to write.

A little background:
When I was in high school I was a full fledge musical theatre geek. I was set to go on Broadway, have an agent, to be famous. I was going to graduate, go to school for musical theatre, get a big break, live in NYC (even though at that time I had never been there), not need a man, and be an aunt to my friends' kids.  My best friend, Karen, used to laugh and say "yep, that's you." And she was going to be a working woman, independent and successful, travel the world and maybe have kids later in life, of which I would be a terrific "aunt " to.

Me, as Mabel in Fame.

Funny how life changes. I went from "Most Likely to be on David Letterman and winning my high school's Musical Theatre award to... Teaching with children.  The road between the two was a good 10 years, but alas it happened. My friend lived in NYC and now Boston, has a successful career and yes, has a family. I got married a year after she did and began having children a few years before she did.

Karen and I (pre-kids) 

We were catching up on the phone the other day, her one year old son was playing with stickers. My son, D, was crawling under the train table (it is less than 12" off the ground). As we were talking, we stopped talking to each other and started talking to our children at the same time. After a minute or two, we realized a conversation between each other was futile and I made a comment: " who would have thought that 20 years ago this moment would have happened." We laughed and said our goodbyes.

As I reenter the teaching world, I am in awe with how my life has changed. Who I was in high school is so different from who I am now. I am much happier playing myself instead of a character. But I would be a liar if I didn't say I still belt out Broadway songs in the car and break out a time step in the kitchen. Never say never, and always be open to changes, you never know where they made lead.

What is something you have said recently that 20 years ago you never thought you would say?


  1. I can't count how many times I've said, "I'll never...." Especially BEFORE I was a mom. "I'll never have a DVD player in my car," for example. :) Something tells me you will be using your theatre experience not just this spring but in teaching, too!

  2. Totally true, Callie. I started out only showing my kids educational shows. Well now, the TV is on all the time.. and I justify non educational kids shows as examples in social interaction. HA HA.

  3. I said I'd never get married, have children, nor settle down in the DMV area. Life, I am not amused.