I have to admit that this prompt for Day 5 of Blogtober16 really stumped me. I don't remember having a career plan as such! I went through the usual. Ballet dancer (too tall), princess (wrong parents), train driver (it sounded cool and I was practically brought up on the footplate of a train).
The only thing I remember that really excited me was the checkouts at the Co-op where we did our weekly shop. This was pre the big supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsburys, but in some ways it was the first big supermarket. I still remember the tiled floors. Mum used to drive me and her best friend and her son to do the shopping on a Friday morning, before we were old enough to go to school. Her son and I were born within 3 weeks of each other and I remember us having competitions about who could have the tidiest trolley. And then competitions as to who could be the most like a mouse in the car. Hmmm. Looking back my mum was quite crafty!
Going shopping was a real adventure! The car park was underground which was exciting to a 4 year old. You could walk up the steps to the shop but coming back with a full trolley you had to come down the ramp which was great fun except we were never allowed to ride the trolley all the way down the ramp. The best bit was at the checkout. There was a huge storage area full of empty boxes (which would never be allowed in today's health and safety age!). It was a mountain of boxes to a small child and we had great fun climbing inside and finding the best boxes for our mums' shopping while they did all the checkout business. I had dreams of climbing to the top of the mountain but was never quite brave enough.
I remember being fascinated by the checkouts. Scanning the shopping through the til and making the til beep and then printing out a long receipt at the end seemed like tremendous fun. And that was my career plan! I would leave school and become a checkout girl at the Co-op.
It never happened. Closest I got to retail was a 3 month stint in McDonalds. But I got to relive my childhood dream when they opened self service checkouts in the supermarkets. Except my dream never included me shouting 'I have put it in the bagging area you stupid machine'!
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