As part of our new bedtime chats, I asked Claire what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she said, “You know, I always wanted to be a fire fighter. But my new number one choice is…”, she then paused for effect and then whispered, “teacher! And my second choice is artist.” Those seem like great choices!
Claire has mentioned wanting to be a teacher in the past. She is great with Molly’s classmates when we pick up Molly at school, often pausing and taking time to help one of the toddlers with something or just play with them. Sometimes she likes to try to teach Molly stuff like writing, as in “Molly, watch. Here is how you draw an A…” Despite Molly’s lack of interest and focus, being a toddler and all, Claire persists patiently and normally without getting frustrated, but eventually has to give up as Molly wanders off to go mess with something else.
On the artist front… Claire tells me that she is the second best artist in her kindergarten class. Irene is definitely the best artist, Claire says, no contest. But Claire tells me that she has a reputation around the classroom as the second best artist after Irene. We really love Claire’s art, full of details and imagination. Being her parents and all, we may be positively biased. But I will say that Claire does seem to buckle down and really focus on drawing for extended periods better than she does any other activity, except maybe playing Angry Birds.
(Just after I wrote this post, to reiterate her point, Claire brought the following drawing home from school…)