A friend of mine told me not long ago that I was literally living her childhood dream. She said that as a child she always pictured herself in her 30’s, unmarried, and happily living in a trailer. She is currently in her 20’s, married, and happily living in a house. And I really am living her dream.
This was never my dream. I thought that by the time I was sneaking up on 40, I would be married and happily living in a house, or awesome urban loft, or rustic cozy cabin, or wandering nomadically through Europe or Asia, or pretty much anywhere but a trailer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….
It just had never even crossed my mind. Not once did a trailer factor into my future.
And then I recently found my Grade 3 Creative Writing Journal, where I had carefully mapped out what I had believed to be my ideal future. Here’s what 8-year-old Rebecca had to say:
My Day in the Year 2084
I would get home from work and press the com to my door: R.M.H.18.104.22.168.. When I got in I would ask my robot if there were any phone calls, if there was I would phone them back. After that I would go into my room to change, then I would go downstairs to have a swim in my swimming pool and go in the sauna. After I was relaxed I would go upstairs and press in what I wanted for supper: SALAD, STEAK, CORN, FRENCH BREAD, CHOCOLATE PUDDING. My robot would make my supper. Within fiffteen minits it would be ready. After supper my robot would give me my remot control and I would watch T.V. In two hours I would be done watching T.V., by this time it would be about 11:00 and I would go to bed.
In the morning I would get dressed and press in my breakfast: POCHED EGG, TOAST, ORANGE. After I ate I would go to work as a cook at McDonald’s. My day in the year 2084.
By Rebecca Harrap
So, as you can see, no mention of a trailer. Just 110-year-old me living with a robot and working at McDonald’s. I guess I’ve still got time to make that happen…. 🙂