I started a formspring.me page, because, you know, I don't have enough to do online, and today I was asked what jobs I thought my kids would have, based on who they are right now.
I was discussing this at the dinner table, which led to discussion of what the kids think they want to do when they grow up. Ben has told me recently that he wants to have two jobs, he wants to be a scientist and an inventor. He's explained that he wants to learn about the problems and invent things to solve them. I can endorse that, and I suspect academia might work well for Ben.
I asked Charlie what he wanted to be when he grows up, and he told me he wants to be a tall mummy. When I explained that he can be a daddy, not a mummy, he was quite happy with that, and said he would be a tall daddy. I asked him if he would be looking after the kids, and after going slightly cross-eyed, he asked if only mummies could do belly dancing. I explained that daddies can also do belly dancing, and he said "Ok, I'll be a tall daddy who goes belly dancing and leaves the kids at home." Some time later he came back and told me he also wants to be a train driver.
I'm loving this image of a tall, train driving, belly dancing father.
Elissa hasn't got much past echoing her brothers, so she told be she was going to be a mummy and go belly dancing. Then she asked if she could go belly dancing next week. I explained she needed to be a bit bigger, but that she could come belly dancing when she's big enough. She beamed.