Our son is almost three, so I thought it was time to have the old "what are you going to do with your life?" talk again.
What do you want to be when you get older, Johannes?
- Darth Vader.
Okay. Besides being Darth Vader, what would you like to do with your life?
- Be Luke Skywalker.
Okay...that's an improvement, I suppose. If you were going to do something that is NOT Star Wars-related, what would you choose?
- Be a bad guy.
Why would you want to be a bad guy?
- Because they have guns.
Good guys have guns too. Like police officers.
- Do police officers have guns to protect people?
Yes. Generally speaking, they are the good guys.
(His 5-year old sister bursts in: "When I grow up, I want to be a dental hygienist, a ballerina, and a fireman.")
Rad (I say). Those are great professions. Johannes, how about you? Any other thoughts?
- I want to be Jabba the Hutt.
BESIDES Star Wars.
- Do police officers have TWO guns to protect people?
Some of them do, yes.
- I want to be a police officer. And a queen.
You want to be a queen?
- Yeah. I want to be a police officer and a queen.
What do you like about queens?
- Because they have guns and swords.
Cool. You will make a great police officer. And queen. Time for bed now.
- But I want to read a story!
Even police officers and queens need their rest. Good night, Johanni.
I have a feeling he might change his mind. But then again, maybe he won't. And that's fine too. I suspect he will have a life full of making people chuckle. I'm not sure what the revenue stream is on that though.