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    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
Rafael
.  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."

   Delilah chewed on her pencil as she thought about all the different careers to choose
from.
   "I love music.  It might be fun to play the piano or be a dancer when I grow up," thought
Delilah.  " 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
roping calves."
   
   "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."
   Delilah thought for a moment, "I could even make drawings on a computer."

   Delilah 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."

   Delilah looked up from her paper when she heard the sound of a siren coming from
outside.  That gave Delilah another idea.
   "I wonder what it would be like to be a firefighter or a police officer," Delilah was
thinking.  "I'll bet it would be a lot of hard work.  But it would be a great way to help
people."
   
   While Delilah 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.

   Delilah 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.
   Delilah 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.

   Delilah 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."
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