It was a beautiful sunny day in Bangor, Maine
. More than anything else in the world,
Delilah Marie Robertson
, age 4
, wanted to be outside playing with Sally, Jessie, and
. But today was a school day, and Delilah
was in her classroom.
"Today, I'd like you to write a report on what you want to be when you grow up," the
teacher told the class. "Perhaps some of you will want to become a teacher just like me."
chewed on her pencil as she thought about all the different careers to choose
"I love music. It might be fun to play the piano or be a dancer when I grow up," thought
. " It would be great to perform on a stage in front of an audience. Or maybe I
could be a painter and work from my own studio."
Just then Delilah
remembered a western movie she had seen on TV last night.
"Oooh, that would be a great job," said Delilah
quietly to herself. "It would be so much
fun--working on a farm, being outdoors all the time, milking the cows, riding horses and
"Wait a minute," Delilah
suddenly realized. "Maybe I could work in an office on a
computer or become an architect and design a cool house for Sally, Jessie, and Rafael
thought for a moment, "I could even make drawings on a computer."
started thinking about a job where she could travel all the time.
"It would be fun to go anywhere I want," she said very quietly to herself. "I wonder what
it would be like to be an engineer on a big, shiny train that goes really fast. Or maybe I
could be the conductor who collects all the tickets."
All of a sudden, Delilah
started thinking about lunch. She loved to eat. Perhaps it
would be fun to be the head chef at a fancy restaurant.
"Then I could eat all the food I cooked," thought Delilah
with a smile. "I'll make the best
cakes and pies in the world. Maybe I can start out as a waitress."
looked up from her paper when she heard the sound of a siren coming from
outside. That gave Delilah
"I wonder what it would be like to be a firefighter or a police officer," Delilah
thinking. "I'll bet it would be a lot of hard work. But it would be a great way to help
was thinking about helping people, she had a different idea.
"I know!" Delilah
decided. "When I grow up, I'd love to be a doctor or a nurse. I could
work in a science lab, and I could make sick people feel better." Delilah
liked that idea
best of all.
looked out the window and saw an airplane flying by. "Maybe I could be an
airline pilot or a scuba diver in the military," she thought.
just couldn't decide what she wanted to be when she grew up!
Just then, the bell rang. School was over for the day. "You can finish these reports
tomorrow," said the teacher.
was thinking about all her different choices as she ran all the way home.
After hearing about the careers, Sally, Jessie, and Rafael
said, "They all sound
wonderful. And you've got lots of time before you have to make a final decision. The
important thing is to try your very best in school, and learn a lot. Now, come on. It's time
for us to go play in the park."