Does anyone need a sign inspector?

April 7, 2008 at 10:02 am 4 comments

     C has always wanted to be a sign inspector when he grows up. He has created this very logical way for how his job would be done – if you, all of you out there in the world, notice a sign that needs repair in your neighborhood, you call me (he’s not allowed to answer the phone unless it’s someone he knows), and I’ll drive him to where the sign is so he can fix it.

     This prompted a discussion on the way to school recently (as he was wearing his new “sign inspector” shirt created by his Aunt J and Uncle T – VERY cool) about what he wants to do when he grows up. Here’s the list, and please note that every job will be done for one year except the President job, which will be four or eight years:

          Sign inspector, train conductor, band leader, president, a government (“One that makes money, Mommy, but I don’t really understand this but I saw it on tv. Can you give people money if you’re a government?”), bus driver, a worker like Daddy (prompting me to ask C what he thinks Daddy does, to which he responded, “He sends emails to people and calls them sometimes.”), teacher (“But I have to go to college first.”), a money saver-upper, dog trainer, and an explorer.

     This list pretty much sums up all of his loves. Signs, trains, Presidents, music, money, buses, Daddy, dogs, one of his therapists (who is a dog trainer on the side), Dora the Explorer, and all the fine folk at school who are his teachers. It’s funny how autism works, because chances are, he’ll be one of the few people in the world who actually love their job. It won’t occur to him to compromise his loves simply to get a job; he’ll actually do what he loves. Somehow.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. goodfountain  |  April 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Spectacular list!

  • 2. Casdok  |  April 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    And how wonderful is that!!

    I know, it’s cool! Because how many of us can say we “do what we love?” Not many, I’ll bet. 🙂

  • 3. jesch30  |  April 7, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    What? No cartographer?

    Just not that interested anymore. 😦 But maybe it will come back somday.

  • 4. LoisR  |  April 8, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~David Frost

    (I just had this discussion with friends this weekend…friends who are always complaining about their jobs and don’t understand why I am still teaching – after all these years.)

    And believe me, I thank God for people like you every day. 🙂 I can’t imagine NOT understanding why you still teach – to me it just seems so obvious!


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