Living out my dream?

As a teenager, my dream career was to be a Marine Biologist. I chose my college with this major in mind.

I had pre-selected my graduate school at age 17.

And then my course load forced me to choose between a teacher’s certification in Biology and a Marine Biology degree. And a handsome young man enamored me and I no longer wanted to travel across the country to graduate school.

Life happened. And I do not regret the career path that ensued–for I love my career in speech.

But maybe, just maybe, our Mini-Me will live out my once-dream.

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Or maybe not.

This morning he said he wanted to be a dentist. Just like Super-Grandma.

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45 Comments

  1. That shot is amazing and powerful — nicely done.
    I’m sure he’ll make one heck of a great dentist!

  2. A dentist?

    Wow! That’s surprising!

    By the way, my son loves your new header. I kept trying to read your post and he kept pushing it back up so he could see the “dragon kids”

  3. It seems like lots of us wanted to be Marine Biologists when we were younger. I grew up snorkling near the beaches of Puerto Rico and was sure that is what I would do. But I became a nurse and now teach.

  4. I love hearing what my kids want to be. I always thought I wanted to be a teacher, but never earned my certificate. Maybe one day when the kids are older.

  5. Good for him. The thought of looking into mouths all day turns my stomach. Now marine biology- very cool. You can tell from your posts how much you love yuor career…which is awesome.

  6. Love the photo! I love how kids change their minds on what they want to be. I think adults in their lives play a pretty big role in what they “become”.

  7. Ooooooooh CC that is an awesome photo!!

    A dentist, huh? Well, that could come in handy when you’re older! πŸ˜‰

  8. Love that picture! I’m sure he will change his mind daily!

  9. well, at least you won’t have to pay for any more painful procedures!!

    But – love the photo!

    love your new header!

  10. It’s funny what happens when love enters the picture. I love to see the twists and turns of life. (Unless I’m the one twisting and turning–then I get motion sickness!:))

  11. What a wonderful photo!

    My oldest son wants to be a marine biologist. We took him to Sea World last year for his birthday and he was picked to be the kid on stage with Shamu. It was all a coincidence, they didn’t know it was his birthday or that he wanted to be a marine biologist but it was an amazing day for him.

  12. I was sure I would swim with dolphins at some point in my life. Little did I realize at the time that doing that also meant cleaning the pool. And touching fish.

    The Flash looks as cute as always in that photo. Tell that boy that dentists are among the most hated people in society. Tell him that fish smell isn’t so bad. And that dolphins are cool.

  13. Gorgeous shot!

    Isn’t it nice how things work out sometimes despite all of our plans?

  14. GREAT picture! Love the story;) Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. Hopefully I’m back:)

  15. Oh I’d much rather be a marine biologist than a dentist. And I don’t just say that because I had a dentist appointment this weekend and my teeth still hurt… ;o)

  16. Great story and awesome picture! My life plans were sort of derailed by getting married and kids.

    No regrets!

  17. It’s amazing the career choices and decisions we make for love of spouse and child. Dentist/Marine Biologist. Maybe a Vet that works on marine mammals?

  18. how ironic – I have an alumni interview tonight with a student who put down “Marine Biology” as his concentration! πŸ˜›

  19. A dentist… Yeah. You don’t hear that one too often.

    Great shot. And he’s an adorable little boy!

  20. Oh, and my oldest son used to want to be an archaeologist (until he learned he had to talk to people from time to time… weird) and my younger son wanted to be a dog.

  21. What a gorgeous photo.

    The great thing about being a kid is that EVERYTHING is possible.

  22. Isn’t that one of the reasons to have kids, so they can do all the things in life that we didn’t and we get to live through them? Huh, I thought it was.

  23. Wellllll, guess what? My son might live out your dream for you. How’s that?

  24. I can’t help it, everytime I hear “marine biologist” I think of Seinfeld!! Now I am envisioning you standing on top of a whale pulling a golf ball out of the blow hole…LOL!!

    After all that….I hope you watched Seinfeld, otherwise you have no clue what I am talking about!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Lisa

  25. Aw, you never know! He may change his mind. The field of dentistry is nice, and you can get free toothbrushes! πŸ™‚

    That is just the sweetest pic. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new header!

  26. I still have every intention of crashing at Super grandma’s pad, even if she does serve Lean Cuisines.

    Great pic.

  27. What a great post! That picture is amazing!!

    Isn’t it fun to dream & wonder what our little people will grow up to “be”? I love it.

  28. Wow, that picture is amazing!! Can’t wait to see what he chooses. Guess we’ll have to wait a bit huh?

  29. I think that Marine Biologist just sounds like such an entrancing career! I wanted to be one too, but apparently not as seriously as you did.

    What a great photo!

  30. What a great photo! I went from neurosurgeon to pre-k teacher, and my daughter wants to be a princess when she grows up. Good thing her mama’s a queen in her second career!

  31. Awesome shot.

    Part of me thinks that maybe one day I’ll give everything up and pursue my old dream of being a geologist…

  32. A dentist is a great profession. I tried so hard to get one of my kids interested in being an orthodontist. Talk about a sweet career. No takers so far.

  33. Great shot!

    I love it that as moms we can know that our kiddos really can be anything they want to be. That rocks πŸ™‚

  34. Your kids are ambitious. That’s a very good thing. Mine have no thought other than what they’ll do today. Something tells me that they caught that ambition from you. πŸ™‚

  35. how cute. My oldest always says he wants to be a dentist like his dad too.

  36. BTW, I love your amazon widget. Maybe I’ll have to try that one too! It is ok if I steal your idea? πŸ™‚

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