Truthful Tuesday – 9/21/21

This week’s Truthful Tuesday is about early childhood ambitions. I feel like I have answered a similar question in the past but as it is a rather unusual answer, I’ll have at it again.

When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Were you right, or did you end up doing something else? I am sure I had the usual aspirations to be a teacher, flight attendant, etc., as many young girls did very early on. But what stuck with me in grade school for the longest was that I wanted to be a Nun. Sally Fields made it look so fun as I would watch The Flying Nun religiously (yes, pun intended). While the religious part of being a nun was lost on me, I loved the habits, the routine, the lifestyle. I was so enamored by it and would answer “a nun” to others who asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, my father had to finally tell me there are no Jewish nuns.

As for the second part of the question, was I right? Twenty years ago, I embraced Islam and without going into a lot of detail, instead of fitting religion into my life, my life fit into my religion and my deeds and actions became for Him instead of for me. (Of course, I still mess up and struggle with this…I’m human.) Although I didn’t get a habit, I do wear an abaya occasionally and a scarf that, when zipping along on my bicycle, flaps in the wind behind me. I have not been airborne as Sister Bertrille was able to do, but I feel like I am flying.

And finally, lets address the last part – as I got older, the thrill of being a flying nun gave way to more practical thoughts of the future and being a secretary was something I enjoyed “playing”. During the Watergate Hearings, I would sit and take notes – I created my own “shorthand” before I even knew shorthand existed. Of course, I thought Watergate had to do with a water not held back properly by a gate, but still…

Today I am a paralegal and in that role, I have incorporated every aspect of being a secretary as well. So in that regard, even though it was not something I thought about or wanted to be (other than during playtime), it is where I ended up and, after 35 years in the legal field, I can’t imagine wanting to do anything else. Especially since the nun part is still sort of part of my life.

Published by SadiRose

Blogging gets the noise in my head out...at least for a little while. I use blogging to weed through all that noise and find the humor in each situation, even if it takes some time to find it. I am not selling anything, just sharing experiences as a mother, Amma, wife, paralegal, volunteer, Muslimah, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, woman.

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