I ask my daughter what she wants to be when she grows up at least once a week. It’s not that I expect her to have a real answer or even one that makes practical sense (she once told me she wanted to make Scooby snacks for a living). Yet it is a totally fascinating gauge of what is going through her mind and where her passion is at that particular moment.
For most children, odds are what they want to be when they are seven will not translate to their future profession (otherwise we would have WAY too many firemen and vets for any normal society). But sometimes childhood dreams do come true for some extraordinarily focused children (or those with pushy parents).
Now check out the cutie to the below. Little three-month-old June is hardly able to voice what she wants to be when she grows up, but her father Malo has already been fantasizing where her path could lead.
“One day my son told me that he wanted to be an explorer when he grew up. My daughter, on the other hand, was set on becoming an artist. It made me wonder what they would really become,” the Paris-based photographer told TODAY Moms via email.
“I thought about how parents used to decide their children’s futures for them … Today, your profession is still important, but it’s only one thing among many.” He took his musings and created a series entitled One Day My Child You Will Be where he dressed his young daughter up in various professional uniforms. The results are adorable.
Family, character, and hobbies are all things that are important if not more important that what you do for a living. But aspirations reflect back to all those “important” aspects and that’s why I am so fond of asking my child that simple question, What do you want to be when you grow up?
While she does provide me with some evergreen answers such as “Disney imagineer,” or “animator at Pixar,” she does throw in some other professions such as — most recently — “My Little Pony creator,” “video game-maker,” and “chef.” I think back to what I wanted to be when I was growing up and the answers definitely define who I was at that moment in time.
My long list of aspirations included archeologist, chef, movie star, lion tamer, rock star, film director and yes, Disney imagineer (which just shows how much influence a parent can have on their child). I became none of those things but they all reflect who I am today, what I love and am still passionate about (well, except lion taming). As it turns out, my mother always wanted me to be a writer, a profession that I fell into after she passed away. She may not have decided for me or pushed me to that fate but her dream came true regardless. I just hope that when my daughter becomes an imagineer, that I am alive to see that. But whatever she wants to be, I will totally support her decision (well, maybe not lion taming).
We may have ideas of what our children will be when they grow up, but I bet most of us will be wrong. It sure is fun to dream about it though and Malo does a great job of exploring these dreams. You can check out more of his work right here.
Photos courtesy of Malo Photographies.