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Museum of Me: May 2023

Hello and welcome to a new exhibit in the Museum of Me. This month we are showcasing what 10 year old me would think about the life I am living now. First up, a picture of me at 10.

Now, some things to know about me at this age. I loved reading, and my favorite books were the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved those books and the adventures Laura had and I really really wanted to have lived in the 19th century. I loved school and the library and had already had that conversation with my favorite librarian. I loved baking and delicious things to eat, helping my mom, and playing house. I had a Siamese cat named Simba.

How does that all stack up against the life I am living now? Pretty damn well, I’d say. I’m a Library Director and still an avid reader. I enjoy my job just as much as I thought I would. I like baking and making my home a comfortable and cozy oasis from the world. I spent years reenacting, which gave me the Laura Ingalls Wilder experience in about as real a way as you can get in today’s time. And I have not one but two Siamese cats.

And just one other fun fact about me. When I was a little girl, maybe right around this age or perhaps even younger, I always said I was going to marry a Swede and have 4 kids. And here I am, married to a Swede and I have 4 kids. I didn’t get here the way I thought I would, and for a while I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to see this particular dream come to fruition, and yet, at the age of 31 . . . that vision also came true.

All of this is to say that I think 10 year old me would heartily approve of the life I am living. And she’d be right!

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  1. The smart, confident go-getter woman of today is shining through in 10 year old you! Life is good Carole!

  2. Nothing (nothing at all!) surprises me about your post, Carole! You’ve always known what you want . . . and then set out to get it! Bravo! XO

  3. I love every bit of this, Carole! Isn’t it amazing how books can have such a dramatic impact on our lives? I read the Little House books as well, but once I discovered Black Beauty… I was lost in the world of horses for a very long time! Haha! I love it that my granddaughter is living out all my horse dreams! XO

  4. I love that you had such a specific vision of what your adult life would be like as a 10-year-old AND that it more or less came true! I’m not sure I could plan more than a week or so ahead at that age; I was more focused on my next spelling test than on what I’d do with my life.

  5. That’s very cool that you are essentially the same person today as you were at 10! I feel like I’m quite a bit different, but maybe I can be more like my 10-year-old self at times.

  6. Wow! That’s pretty firmly drawn out as a ten year old. At ten, my goals were to have my own room, be a good second base player and read in allllll my free time. Currently, I share my room with Hubby, I’m not as flexible as a pro ball player needs to be and have less free time than I imagined adults having. Still, life is pretty good.

  7. I’m so enjoying all these “Museum of Me” posts today. I can’t believe how you knew EXACTLY what you wanted at 10 (and that you got it!!). So many of us enjoyed reading at that age – no wonder we all get along as bloggy friends!!

  8. I wasn’t that focused when I was 10, but I did love reading and dreaming about what the future might hold.

  9. wow, that’s uncanny how much your life looks like your 10-year old dream! also, I was deep into my Little House love at that age – we had moved from Houston to Casper, WY the year I turned nine and I made my first school friend around those books. We would sit together for hours and draw those “prairie girls” and it was so much fun!

  10. I can’t believe how focused you were at 10! I’m 39 and still trying to figure out what to do. 🙂

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