Hind sight is 20/20. As a parent, I really don't want my boys to make the same mistakes I did. A biggie for me is college--I want them to go there with an actual plan, and not just cross their fingers and hope it works out. I mean, I spent how much money to get a degree in English??
Needless to say, I take Ethan's interests almost as seriously as he does, hoping that one of them will eventually turn into a "career." Right now, Ethan is consumed with dinosaurs. He has a vast collection of plastic dinosaurs that he uses to reinact bloody encounters between meat eaters and plant eaters. He also has a small library of dinosaur books, from which he has memorized vital statistics. Did you know, for example, that a T Rex is 40-ft.-long from nose to tail and has two claws on each hand?
When Ethan and I watched the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's latest Imax movie, "Dinosaurs Alive," I was curious to see if the film would push Ethan's interest in dinosaurs beyond just playing with plastic ones. The movie mixed computer simulations of dinosaurs attacking each other with footage of paleontologists working in the Gobi Desert and New Mexico. All the scientists interviewed in the film got into dinosaurs when they were 6 years old. Plus, according to the movie, paleontology is a burgeoning field--only 2% of dinosaurs that lived have been discovered. That bit of information really got the wheels turning in my head, because it's always good to get on the ground floor of a growing field.
I was happy to see Ethan enraptured throughout the film. When the lights came up in the theater, I asked Ethan if he liked it. "Yes!!" he said. I tried to tamp down the hope in my voice when I asked, "Do you think you'd like to be paleontologist?"
"NO!!" he said.
His emphatic answer made the whirring contraption my head come tumbling down. "Well, why not?" I asked.
"They work too hard," he said. "They have to sit in a car for a long, long time. Then they have to sit in the dirt, in the hot sun, looking for bones."
I have to admit, he's got a point.
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