My Son's Dream Job

As of now, my son wants to be a chemical engineer. He started out by wanting to be a doctor, moved on to wanting to be a chef, and then said that he wanted to be a scientist.

A few years ago, he got more specific by saying that he wanted to either be a chemist or a chemical engineer. It's just the thought of working with chemicals that interests him.

Anyway, this chemical engineer of a son of mine, just the other day, posed this difficult question to me: "What kind of a job do you like, Mommy?"

Of course, I couldn't say that as of now, I didn't want to work, so I just described what job I would like to have when I was good and ready. Then I asked him the same question and here is his reply:

"Simple. Easy. High Pay." And then as an afterthought, he added: "It also has to be enjoyable and not stressful."

I think I blurted out that "that job does not exist." Then I remembered that I have also told my friends that I would like a "high-pay, low stress job" about 10 to 15 minutes away from the place where I live. Meron ba nun? (Is there such a thing?) -- is the reply that I would get all the time. "Low pay, high stress" would be more like it. There are likewise numerous "high pay, high stress jobs" out there.

My 10-year old son has realized what I have realized in almost 40 years. What can I say? The kid's a genius. =)

[By Angelica Viloria | Monday, October 30, 2006]


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