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Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for childhood fantasies

What is it about marine biology that kids love so much?

I submit that every kid (after he or she grows out of the fireman/princess stage) eventually wants to be a vet, then marine biologist, then back to vet, then back to marine biologist by high school -- just because it sounds smarter.

The appeal of puppies and dolphins, I guess.



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11 comments:

  1. I am evidently an anomaly. I not only never went through a princess phase, but I've never been that interested in marine biology.

    I just always wanted to be an astronaut. Still do, I guess...

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  2. I don't think I ever wanted to be a vet- I was allergic to furry things from very early on- but I did want to be a marine biologist. That lasted until I accepted that I would never be a proficient swimmer, and that seemed to be something kind of important. I have a cousin who is actually living out the marine biology childhood fantasy, though, which is cool.

    I also wanted to be an artist until I discovered that I couldn't, you know, do art.

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  3. My childhood fantasy was to be an author!

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  4. I wanted to be an Oceanographer who went into to space to map the ocean. I am pretty sure this was in part do to my love of Seaquest DSV.

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  5. Totally wanted to be a marine biologist. Just because when I went on a field trip to Sea World, the guy said that's what he studied in order to be a dolphin trainer. I just liked the idea of having a job where I got to swim every day. Clearly at that point in my life body shame and an intense hatred of bathing suits hadn't kicked in yet.

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  6. The oldest three, nope, nope and nope on either, but the next to youngest had wanted to be a vet from the time she was 5. She got accepted to a pre vet program but after an internship where there were tests on rats [involving surgery] she called and said she knew she couldn't do it. She is now a biology major and wants to teach.

    The youngest wants to be an artist or a travel writer. She loves adventure.

    We just tell them to do what makes them happy and we'll support it - so far it has worked out. Only the one that is supposed to live at home [13 yo] is living with Mom and Dad and they seem happy and self sufficient. :knock on wood: :)

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  7. Oh, I could never be a vet; it hurts me too much to see animals suffer and in pain; just couldn't do it!

    Happy A to Z!

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  8. Guilty! I wanted to be a marine biologist because I was (and still am) obsessed with the ocean. Plus playing with Flipper and Shamuu always seemed like fun!

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  9. I'm sure I went through all of those stages at least once.

    ...except princess, of course...

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  10. oh I definitely wanted to train dolphins!

    hiya! I am here through A to Z, and I am giving you an award :)

    go pick it up here: http://bit.ly/awardpickup :)

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  11. *laughs* I forgot to tell you which one!

    It's the one lovely blog award!

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