Mighty Life List
Feb 15 2012

Good One

Dandelion, New York, c. 1973
Photo: Irving Penn

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” our tour guide asked the group of five year olds.


Then the tiny girl in the middle raised her hand and said, “A flower.”

18 Responses to “Good One”

  • Rebecca Says:

    For Halloween, when she was three, my niece decided she wanted to be a windsock.

  • Sugar Jones Says:

    Definitely a good one.

  • Jen Says:

    My 3-yo son frequently says he’s going to be an animal when he gets taller. Maybe a giraffe!

  • Megan Says:

    No she did not! Oh, little one.

  • Emily Says:

    God bless that little bud

  • mia Says:

    …and an artiste is born. sigh, I think that creative of my brain withered away as I got older…

  • leslie Says:


  • Sarah Says:

    My little cousin said “just a boy” when asked this. He died from cancer when he was 5, so he will always be just a boy. Clearly he knew way more than the rest of us.

  • Brittany Says:

    My family has a picture I drew in school when I was four. The question at the the top was, “When I grow up I will be a” and I drew both a cat and the sun. I guess if one didn’t work out I could be the other?

  • Rachel Says:

    me too! still waiting!

  • Tawny Says:

    A friend told me her five year old wrote a poem about wanting to be a flower. She had it framed so one day when he was older he could look back on it.

  • Heather Says:

    When I interviewed my then 5 YO sister for a paper for school about what she wanted to be when she grew up, she was thoughtful. Then, she stated, “A lightbulb.” She grew up to be NC’s nursing rookie of the year and a great friend.

    Nice metaphor!

  • Sandra Says:

    When my son was in 2nd grade the teacher asked them draw their dream house. My son of course drew his like a baseball, but my good friend’s son drew a picture of his own house. When his mother asked him about it, he said he was already living in his dream house. It was nice to know a child who already realized how good his life was.

  • norm Says:

    I still wanna be an astronaut when I grow up.

  • Sierra Says:

    Awwww. Many years ago one of my sisters friends declared she wanted to be a shoe when she grew up.

  • Zezelia Says:

    I am a flower. Smell me! –Paatos

  • Rene Says:

    When my niece was 3 she said, “I wanna be a snowman when I grow up!”

  • Jen (The Trephine) Says:

    I knew a little boy who once answered, “A fire hydrant!” I thought that was awesome.