What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up
Frankly I don't remember talking what I wanted to be when I grew up. It was always the adults around me who would answer..."a doctor!"...every time someone asked. And like a good mimic...I would say the same thing. Of course, as the years went by the idea of becoming a doctor took root and when college came, I just went along for the ride. But what did I really want to be? What were my dreams? Well for one, I wanted to be a princess. I don't remember who brought me to see Forever My Love (1962), a condensed version of Sissi, a 1955-57 film trilogy loosely based on the life of Elizabeth, Empress of Austria. What I remember after that is the fact that I was so taken by the idea that maybe I could be a princess. I think I was around age 6 then, and later I was able to see the sequel (?) to the film which further fueled my imagination and dream of becoming one. I would convert my bed into a castle, my blankets into long skirts and play pretend for hours on end. My brothers were my minions and my dolls, my children. The pretend Prince was in my head all the time. But looking back, I am not sure if I really wanted to be the princess or was it more like wanting to be Romy Schneider, who was only 16 when she first portrayed her. I guess when one is a child the reality of life is farthest from one's mind and when one becomes an adult one realizes that all those dreams were mere childhood fantasies...
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