Big Toys This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

      I chose dollies instead of dolls at the age of three. For as long as I can remember, I have tagged along with my dad. From farm chores to fixing cars, I was always at his side. I enjoyed getting tools for Christmas and birthdays, and although my mom would try to get me to play with dolls, I stuck with tools and model cars. While other kids ran home to play, I ran to the garage. I’d spend endless hours there with my dad asking, “What is that? Can I try?”

In elementary school, my mom would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always replied, annoyed, “Don’t know, don’t care!” My mom would get really excited for back-to-school shopping because for once I would go shopping for “real clothes.” Usually when she went to town, she would ask if I needed anything and I’d say, “Tools or flannel!”

In my teen years, when girls began to dye their hair and get their nails done, I thought it was a waste since my nails and hands were always stained. While others were thinking about boys, I was thinking about which car I would fix next. Boys never crossed my mind! Until seventh grade, that is, when I met this cute mechanic boy who was just like me! We started dating, but it wasn’t any ordinary relationship - it was all about cars! We would go to each other’s house and see each other’s work.

Halfway though junior year, I decided I would be a second-grade teacher. I figured I wouldn’t need to know much because it’s all easy stuff. Then senior year arrived. One day in Basic Auto we had a speaker from a mechanics school in Florida. As he talked about the different career opportunities, I smiled. I thought about it and applied. Then I waited, and waited, and waited. Finally I got a letter that read “Congratulations, you have been accepted ...”

After opening that letter with my heart pounding, I reflected on my childhood memories. Working with my dad had really did paid off. I am glad I fixed those cars instead of thinking about boys. Now I get to live my dream and play with big cars instead of toys.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 6:16 pm
i love this !
Sledger said...
Nov. 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm
I was supeisd that a girl wood want to go to a mackanik school. But I m glad she was exeptid
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