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Just want to remember this one.

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?"



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Mar. 10th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Gwen was sent home from nursery Thursday afternoon with not-quite-diarrhea, which meant she spent Friday with me at uni. I had a meeting after lunch that I could skip, but I gave her the choice: Did she want to come back to my office and play after lunch, or did she want to come to a meeting with me?

"I want to go to a meeting, please, mommy!" Well, okay...appropriately enough, it was a meeting where I was reporting on my suggestions regarding the "best practice" guidelines the department should adopt w.r.t. to faculty and students who are care-givers, and might occasionally have child-minding duties interfering with their work duties...
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
hah! appropriate! :)

(Would you be up for sharing those suggestions...?)
Mar. 12th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
They're adapted from the SWIP-UP/BPA guidelines available here. The section on caregivers specifically is here.
Mar. 11th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Ha! I love the things kids say!
Mar. 11th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
aw, so sweet! And omg, kids say the best things!
Mar. 11th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
Mar. 11th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
That's a lovely memory to save!

A colleague said "It sucks that there are just four white board colors because i need more to diagram [thing]." A number of us looked stunned.

Hmm, just got lost in Amazon ... i wonder how some of those liquid chalk markers would work out.....
Mar. 12th, 2015 11:26 am (UTC)
I've got four whiteboard marker colors, and while plotting out some graphs with a student last week, we both expressed a desire to have more.
Mar. 12th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
While your campus may not supply them, there are packs with 12 different colors.
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
My campus supply them? I was very lucky my first day of lecture that I always have a random white board marker stashed in my bag, because I found out that there aren't any kept in the lecture rooms!
Mar. 12th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yet another reminder that i have been out of school for an eternity. It was all chalk and overhead projectors then. I guess chalk didn't walk off as easily.
Mar. 11th, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
Awww. What cute stories!

When my youngest was a middle schooler, he vowed he'd stay home and take care of me and his father in our old age. I would have been about 35 at the time and treasured the moments my husband and I shared with no kiddies around. Couldn't tell John that, of course. FanSee
Mar. 11th, 2015 07:41 am (UTC)
ha that's a cute story.

i can't imagine being an engineer. my brain does not work that way at all
Mar. 11th, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)

D gets excited on days all three of us go to our respective offices. She calls her school, the office where she does a lot of work! But she does keep asking if she can come to mine, if I can show her mine. She has hung out a few times at N's office. But our work is no fun! We don't build planes! We sit around computers and talk on the phone! :S
Mar. 11th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, how different the years look from the other side!
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:30 am (UTC)
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