Working differently

workingdiffD: When I grow up I want to be a postman.

Me: Do you? Why is that?

D: So I don’t have to go to work like you and my dad, and I’ll get to deliver all the letters.

Me: But being a postman IS going to work.

D: But I want to work differently.

Me: OK. How do you think postmen work differently?

D: Umm… They go to work and earn some money so they can go out an deliver all the letters afterwards?

Me: Delivering the letters IS what earns them money. Why don’t you want to go to work like me or your dad?

D: Because I don’t want to go there every day and sit in front of a computer every day and go “Uh, I’m so bored!” [rolls eyes]

Me: Is that what you think we both do? Don’t you think we do anything exciting?

D: Well, what else would there be that’s exciting that I could do?

Me: What would you WANT to do?

D: …They wouldn’t have this – I’d like to play Angry Birds!

Me: There ARE people who play Angry Birds and other games – not where I work – but at other places, where they build the games and have to test that they work.

D: THAT’S what I’d like to do! Play Angry Birds and test it!

Me: That would be a lot of time in front of a computer. When would you fit in your science experiments? Would you do Angry Birds some days and science experiments on other days?

D: Ah yes – I could be a scientist and play Angry Birds AFTER, when I get home from work! …I probably won’t be interested in Angry Birds when I’m VERY old  will I? – When I’ve got a REALLY long, white beard…

Me: No, you’ll probably be interested in different things by then.

[Post-publish note: Angry Birds is now banned due to repetitive angry and obsessive behaviour whilst, and immediately after, playing!]

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