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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Circuitous Route

So I was thinking about how I got to this job, the one that takes me to all these places. I really meandered here.

I taught kindergarten, which I really liked, but I got tired of parents calling me at home. Parental involvement is great. Parental meddling isn’t. I think a lot of people who are really great teachers leave the field for all sorts of reasons–the salary, the curriculum limitations, the parents.

From the classroom I went to history museums, where I worked creating programs for kids and became a museum educator. I wrote exhibit scripts. I developed museum interactives. For several years I dressed in a white blouse and long black skirt and taught school to 4th graders as if it was 1904. Recitations. Strictness. An imposing teacher.

I’ve lived a lot of places. Oak Park, Illinois. Lawrence, Kansas. Oakland, California. Otavalo, Ecuador. Bloomington, Illinois. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Kirksville, Missouri (aka Bumfuck, Misery, where we still have a house). And now I’m here, in Madison, Wisconsin.

I became the director of national fair trade organizations. I organized conferences. I did media interviews. And then I ended up here, doing fair trade international development with a job that includes travel to Africa, Asia and Latin America to visit artisans and small farmers to strategize with them how to grow their organizations and make them stronger. I still remember when the job description crossed my desk, and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I’ve been really fortunate. I’ve never had a job I didn’t like. And only once or twice I haven’t got jobs I applied for.

Many of us have paths that are winding and indirect. When we start out, we don’t really know where life will take us. Through my childhood, I thought I’d be a stock car driver. Through my teens, I thought I’d be a writer. After college, I thought I’d be a teacher. You can move in a direction, but you never really know where it’ll take you. I mean, who’d a thunk I’d turn into a blogger?


Blogger thailandchani said...

Well, thank goodness you did! :)

(Become a blogger... )

Very interesting winding road you traveled to get where you are.



8:10 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Well, you took the scenic route to get where you are, but those are the pit-stops that make people interesting.

9:51 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Your job sounds fascinating. Whatever road that brought you there sounds just perfect.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Girlplustwo said...

no kidding. i was supposed to be someone else entirely. thank god i came to my senses.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had to be based somewhere on that list, I too would want Madison. Am I wrong or is there a medical school in Kirksville, MO?

5:46 AM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

I look back on my life and there are routes I would not have chosen if able. But, there must have been a reason for it.

Thanks for visiting my blog. How did you find me? Just curious.

5:46 AM  
Blogger Lynnea said...

God you so have that right. Never in a million years would I have imagined myself living in French Canada married to a Canadian. But all those lovely, accidental roads I took that led me to him I profusely thank.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife used to teach Kindergarden. SHe's moved up to older kids these days and says she can't imagineherself dealing with screaming kindergardeners anymore.

I don't know how anyone, anywhere does that...I'd kill myself. ;)


10:25 AM  
Blogger Susan as Herself said...

Oooh- yeah---kindergarten--UGH. Still too many issues with toilets and bodily functions at that age...

Your job and how you got there is very cool. Good for you. Not many folks can say they are truly happy in their work. :)

10:31 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I was wondering what got you to this place... I really love the stories of your travels. I guess partly because I know I could never do it, and that doesn't make me any less curious.

Have a great weekend!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite the journey and an interesting one too. Keep writing.

10:57 AM  
Blogger meno said...

And thank you for having a blog that takes me to places that i'm too much of a pussy to visit myself.

The path of my life is filled with chance and oddness as well.

9:56 PM  

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