Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | June 30, 2010

Someone asked if we expected our lives to turn out this way…

This was a question posted on my friend Susan Campbell’s blog, Dating Jesus.  (That’s the title of her very interesting book about being raised religiously.)  I recommend it.  That is, the blog.  The book too.

She started by saying she’d always expected to be famous.  So this is what I said:

I always thought I would be famous, if not necessarily rich and. I’m still waiting — it might happen this year, or next.

I thought I would be a writer. Or, actually, I thought I would be a writer until I hit puberty, and then figured I wasn’t smart enough, and I was a girl, and the good books were written by boys. I read a lot of good books, but didn’t know that Harper Lee was a woman, and S.E. Hinton was a woman, and George Eliot was a woman.

I think maybe I’ll just be “famous” in the way one gets famous in high school — most kids know who you are, but it’s not a big deal. Because it’s only high school. Isn’t life like that?

I didn’t expect to be a lawyer. I didn’t expect to go back to school at 50 and become a professional singer. One career was okay, and the other is fantastic. Guess which?

I didn’t really expect to be a wife, but I think I wanted to be. Since I didn’t expect to be a wife, I didn’t expect to be a mom, but I loved it.

I didn’t expect to be married twice!

Maybe I’ll write a book about all that and get rich and famous.

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