There's a neat little exercise going 'round on several blogs this week (no, it's not the "What Book in the Bible Am I?" quiz). Paula over at Listen In played the game and then "tagged me" and now I'm "It."
Here’s the scoop on how to play: I pick 5 occupations out of the list below (If I could be...) and write about them. Then I tag 3 other people to pick their favorites and post their answers on their blog. If I tag you, and you don’t want to be a part of this, then that’s okay. Just let me know, and I’ll tag someone else. And Paula came up with adding one new occupation each time someone is tagged (I inserted mail carrier).
The "questions:" If I could be a scientist...If I could be a farmer...If I could be a musician... If I could be a doctor... If I could be a painter... If I could be a gardener... If I could be a missionary... If I could be a chef... If I could be an architect... If I could be a linguist... If I could be a psychologist... If I could be a librarian... If I could be an athlete... If I could be a lawyer... If I could be an inn-keeper... If I could be an athlete... If I could be a professor... If I could be a writer... If I could be a llama-rider...If I could be a mail carrier... If I could be a bonnie pirate... If I could be an astronaut... If I could be a world famous blogger... If I could be a justice on any one court in the world... If I could be a circus ringmaster…
When you read Paula's blog, it's Paula's writings; when you read Bet at Dappled Things, they're Bet's thoughts. But...when you read Mountain Musings, it could be any one of our family. So...that's the way we're going to handle this little assignment (that ingenious idea means I have to come up with just one occupation choice...unless I can't talk all the crew* into being creative).
If I could be a writer...I would write, rewrite, proofread, rewrite yet again, criticize it, hide it away for awhile, come back to it, add, edit, delete, and correct. Then with a deep breath I would type it, package it, mail it, and last of all, publish it. I would love to have some of my books published; however, once out there, I would probably cringe at the thought of the public reading my work, despite the lengthy correction process. Come to think of it, I'm somewhat of a writer already--minus the publishing step. If I were a writer, I would grow thick skin. ~Jonathan
If I could be a librarian...I would get into trouble all the time because I wouldn't be able to stop reading! I wouldn't be able to resist glancing through all the interesting books as I went through them. I would make sure I put everything back on the shelves in their correct places so people could find what they were looking for. I'd sit back and just enjoy the atmosphere of the library! ~Sarah
If I could be a world famous blogger...I'd lose more sleep than I do now trying to come up with that perfect post to write! And everyone would be depending on me to actually say something great! Let's not pick this one. ~Deb
If I could be a chef...I would fail miserably. I would glance at the recipe, a teaspoon in one hand, a tablespoon in the other wondering which one is which. I would crack the eggs into the bowl and drop the eggshells in. I would forget to put the top on the blender; I would forget about putting the half-cup of flour in, thinking, "Oh, what does one little half-cup matter?" I would forget to grease the pan, not measure the brown sugar, mangle the meatballs, and dump half a box of baking powder in the bowl. If I were a chef, I would realize that Sarah is much better at it than I am. ~Jonathan
If I could be an Inn-Keeper...I'd name my humble abode "Here on This Ridge B & B." I've had this unrealistic dream for a while now, but it never hurts to advertise ahead of time--just in case. Actually, I might be more in love with the whole idea than with the reality of changing someone else's bed linens and emptying their trash.
I would love to welcome guests to my home and learn where they're from. I'd give them a tour of the garden and flower beds before we "retired to the veranda for lemonade and coconut pie." We'd listen to the wind chimes while watching the bluebirds build a nest in the old red birdhouse.
There would be homemade quilts on the beds and scripture verses calligraphed and cross-stitched on the walls. I'd make sure everyone felt the love of the Lord while here both in word and in deed. And I'd say, "Y'all come back now, ya hear!" ~Deb
I'm going to put two young 20-somethings on the spot--Amy at Thought of the Day and Courtney at Courtney's Contemplations--and tag them to play. And my sis Bet at Dappled Things. Let's read what they come up with! Have fun!
EDIT: Actually, maybe some of you would like to pick an occupation and play, too, even though you don't have a blog. I'd love to have you pick one and write your thoughts in the Comment section. Thanks!
* Kudos to the kids who helped!