Can you remember the very first thing you wanted to be?
Did you go through the ‘I want to be a rock star’ phase or the ‘I am going to fly up to space’ fantasy?
When you are young, the world is your oyster. You imagine what you will be, what career you will
have and there are no barriers to your goals.
I often laugh when my Mum explains that the first thing I ever wanted to be was a bus driver. When
asked why I would explain that I wanted to take my family to the beach. How cute was I! What makes
me laugh is I obviously hadn’t realised that a) I could do that in a car and b) I would have a set route
as a bus driver so probably wouldn’t be taking my family anywhere.
My dreams of being a bus driver didn’t last long. By the time I was in reception I very quickly became
obsessed with being a teacher. As soon as school finished, I would line up all my teddies and become
their ‘Miss’ for an hr or two, even going as far as making a register which I kept in a very orderly
After years of playing teacher, my dreams had come true. After my degree, I went straight into
teacher training. I spent a decade of my life planning or marking and I loved every minute of it. Never
had I imagined I would be sitting here now as the owner of Diddi Drama, writing a blog for my
business! Having a baby changed things. I needed a career that allowed for more flexibility so I took
things into my own hands and created Diddi Drama so I could spend time with my little one.
My two year old has recently gained an interest in the world of work. She often recites ‘Daddy’s job is
[com]puters, Grandad’s job is driving and Mummy’s job is Diddi Drama.’ She is right on all accounts.
She has become aware that ‘going to work’ means different things to different people and is now asks
‘What’s Bella’s work?’ I always answer ‘Playing.’
Play is so vital during a child’s early years. Not only does it help with speech and language
development and their personal, social and emotional aspects of learning; play helps to develop a
child’s understanding of the world around them. Their possibilities. Their likes and dislikes. Their
interests. As Martin Buber says, ‘Play is the exultation of the possible.’
That is the foundation for the Diddi Drama session that I did for Storyhouse Women’s Weekend
entitled ‘When I Grow Up I Want To Be…’ I wanted my Diddi Drama Stars to have the opportunity to
role play lots of different jobs from astronauts to firefighters. Every child should be able to dream and
believe that anything is possible no matter what their ethnicity, background or gender.