"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
I put that question to a group of seven year olds at Bessborough School. We're airing the interview Tuesday morning, so I don't want to give away all the answers. Suffice to say the responses were ambitious, focused, sincere and...quick! It took about a minute to go around the group. I needed to hear more, (a) because they were so cute, (b) as a broadcaster, I knew I'd need to stretch out the interview and (c) my acquired adult wisdom immediately put this concern in my head: "Great choices...but what's their plan B???"
So I went around again. "If the first thing doesn't work out, what else would you do?" I immediately felt bad. By the looks on their faces, they clearly hadn't thought about this. Who was I to throw cold water on their dream of being, for example, a professional athlete? That guilt disappeared when I came back to Ryan, a future major league baseball player. He looked me in the eye and without hesitation and with complete innocence, told me his plan B. He would be a professional athlete, in his second favourite sport: hockey.
You can hear the interview next Tuesday.