My scariest moment: career day for 1st graders

Parenting | April 17, 2014
Ella with her classmate and his “super hero” parents

A month ago, I was invited to my daughter Ella’s career day. I’m not new to public speaking, having spoken at plenty of events, including the 2013 Moms Meet Summit, but the idea of standing up in front of a classroom full of 1st graders terrified me. While I love my job dearly, I just knew I was going to be up against other parents with “cooler” jobs than mine. I was thoroughly intimidated, but up for the challenge, especially because Ella might finally understand exactly what her mom does all day other than “stuff on the computer.”

So I prepped my presentation. I decided I’d host a mini Moms Meet sampling event for the kids. With copies of KIWI magazine in tow, I talked to them about leading a healthy lifestyle. I involved Ella and her classmates by asking them to sample a natural snack (I gave out two flavors of Harvest Snaps) and participate in a short survey.

When all was said and done, I felt pretty good about my presentation, at least until the super hero parents showed up. This illustrious dynamic duo, made up of an intelligence officer and an F-16 fighter pilot, came fully clothed in their gear, complete with parachutes and a well-made photo slideshow of their incredible adventures. They even had photos of them dropping bombs. It completely blew my quaint little presentation away.

Ella and her 1st grade teacher and school principal

Needless to say, I felt like the rug was just pulled out from under me. These parents had jobs that were so exciting that even I wanted to be like them when I grew up. Oh well…

Ella might not be the heir apparent to the Chief Mom Ambassador throne, but thanks to Career Day, my daughter was finally able to finally understand, in part, what mommy does for a living. That night, I asked Ella what she wants to be when she grows up (secretly hoping she wouldn’t pick a fighter pilot). “A principal!” she exclaimed. When I asked why, her response was simple: “So I can boss people around all day.” I couldn’t help but laugh at her honesty.


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