I'm on vacation--our longest one ever as family (17 days!) and this morning, it was just me and The Boss at the beach. She's always been inquisitive, but age five seems to have brought along a more mature line of questioning. I like it. We have real conversations now and she tests my knowledge of life and nature constantly.
This particular morning, while jumping some waves and combing the shore for shells worth keeping, it was as if something clicked in her brain and made her realize that my friends and I are something other that just mommies. It's been nearly two years since I left my job so it is easy for her to forget that I ever worked outside of our home. She asked about when I was little what I wanted to be when I grew up and then asked all about what I did for a job. And then we talked about what the mothers of her friends do. These are,of course, my friends. Never have I been more proud and impressed with my friends than when I can spout off: pediatrician, lawyer, photographer, architect, software specialist, art curator, clinical therapist, and teacher to just name a few of the impressive things they do. What role models we have in our lives!