Once upon a time, in a land far, far, away… OK… really just 40 minutes away from where I currently live… there was a teacher that insisted that just because one daughter was gifted didn’t mean that the others were. She was wrong. We proved that to her.
Yes… not all children are the same. However, all of my children (all 4 of them) are smart and gifted.
Conversation yesterday: NOT EXACT QUOTES!
dd#2: (showing rocks from her recent college geology trip to grandma) This is quartz… and obsidian… and blah… blah… blah
*yeah, I kinda tuned out a bit too…. but I had already heard it once and rocks aren’t really my thing.*
dd#1: (not paying attention to the rocks but more concerned about her warts she got from the dance studio) I can tell you about the rocks too… red rock, blue rock, striped rock…
Another conversation in the car with dd#2 about dd#3’s college thoughts.
me: She is thinking about studying Chemistry and Forensic Science. She has had 2 full years of chemistry and likes it.
dd#2: She could take some bio-med classes and some bio -blah, blah, blah classes (not an exact quote) that would be good.
me: she doesn’t like biology as much as chemistry.
dd#2: I like biology better it was easier.
me: me too, but she likes chemistry. I didn’t even really understand chemistry until I taught.
It is good that they are all different. It certainly keeps me on my toes.
Would I ever have considered a degree in Theater and Dance like dd#1? Nope. I don’t dance. But she does and she’s good at it and has the warts to prove it (yes, we are getting a doctor’s help for them).
Would I have considered a degree in Environmental Science like dd#2? Maybe. I think it would be fun to work at state and/or national parks. I could do that. I enjoy nature and always give the Scouts nature information on hikes we take.
Would I have considered a degree in Chemistry with a Forensic Science Minor? Probably not. While I did end up with a Chemistry minor, my interests were more in the biology department. However, I do think it is cool to do the forensic part. I took a micro-biology class once and loved that!
Would I consider a degree to be a Social Studies Teacher? NAH! I’m not a huge fan of history. I have been a teacher. It was OK, though I wouldn’t go back to it now. But dd#4 is leaning that way and I think she will be great at it. Her dad likes history so she comes by that naturally.
They are all different. That is what makes them special. They are all smart. They all love animals. They all can sing lots of Broadway musical tunes. Almost all of them would love to be a constestant on Survivor (or Amazing Race). They all have similar skills for cooking, cleaning (or maybe not cleaning), camping, sports, household repairs, etc.
I have raised some pretty awesome daughters!
So… if I decide I ever want to dance, #1 can help me out. #2 will go with me to explore the wilderness (the others would probaby come along too, but she would know what we are looking at), #3 will find out how we all died, and #4 will fill us in on the history of everything. It is all good!