Josie usually says she wants to be an artist when she grows up. But occasionally she's also mentioned wanting to make airplanes like me.
Once she added that she actually wanted to make bigger airplanes, since apparently that's the mark of a better career.
Last weekend she said she wanted to make airplanes so she could work in my office. She's been to my office 2-3 times and likes coloring on the white board, I don't want to brag but I've got a full set of all the colors of dry erase markers.
So I asked her if it was just for the marker board, and she said no, she just really wanted to work with me, in the same office, spending all our days together.
I plan on remembering this. Someday when she's 15 she'll say she hates me, and I'll respond, "you... don't want to share my office anymore?"
Related story: we have a favorite story we like to tell at SWE. We were mentoring some girl scouts, they were probably 9 or 10 years old, and one of the girls told us that she wanted to be a mechanical engineer. A member from our section who'd been working about two years said, "That's what I am! Maybe we'll work at the same company together!"
The girl looked at her and said, "Will you still be alive?"