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Staying On My Mat

Last Thursday was “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up” dress-up day at Saoirse’s preschool, which is a really hard concept for a four-year-old whose picture of the world is limited to her teachers, the mail carrier, and the little family living within the four walls of her home.  A couple of days beforehand, at the table during lunch, I asked Saoirse how she wanted to dress for the big day. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked her. Saoirse frowned.  “I dunno.” “Well,” I said, “when you become a grown-up, and aren’t a kid anymore, what do you want to be? What kind of job would you like?” SK’s face brightened, a small smile breaking open. “A mommy,” she decided, satisfied. I swallowed. “What’s that?” I asked. “You want to be a mommy?” “Yeah!” Saoirse replied, nodding. “I want to be a mommy.” Inside, in my brain, I involuntarily called out, Wait, no! You want to be more than that…