May 30th, 2009

Pumpkinhead

It's good to have goals...

It's good to have goals, particularly if you're a young, impressionable, gonzo 8-yr-old like Number One Son.  Coming up on the end of second grade, he's declared his major - Pre Med.  He's decided that he really wants to be a surgeon when he grows up.  (His idea of a good time is watching "Trauma: Life in the ER" and he can't understand why none of us want to watch with him over dinner.)  Never missing a chance to reinforce a lesson, I told him that he is capable of becoming a surgeon if he wants to - all he has to do is study extra hard and get the best grades in all his math and science classes.  I agreed to buy his first set of scalpels if he gets into Med school. 

It eventually occured to me to ask him why he wants to be a surgeon.  "Well," says my son the doctor, "I want to see graphic blood and gore.  Also, I want to give my sister [the Reigning Queen of Pink] a lobotomy so she won't be so annoying."

I suppose "at least he's not just in it for the money" is sort of a consolation - sort of like a psychopath joining the army to be a sniper, do what you're best at.  At least he'll be able to take care of his parents in our old age, or at least get us prescription samples on the cheap.
Pumpkinhead

It’s good to have goals…

Originally published at Big Ugly Man Doll. Please leave any comments there.

It’s good to have goals, particularly if you’re a young, impressionable, gonzo 8-yr-old like Number One Son.  Coming up on the end of second grade, he’s declared his major – Pre Med.  He’s decided that he really wants to be a surgeon when he grows up.  (His idea of a good time is watching "Trauma: Life in the ER" and he can’t understand why none of us want to watch with him over dinner.)  Never missing a chance to reinforce a lesson, I told him that he is capable of becoming a surgeon if he wants to – all he has to do is study extra hard and get the best grades in all his math and science classes.  I agreed to buy his first set of scalpels if he gets into Med school. 

It eventually occured to me to ask him why he wants to be a surgeon.  "Well," says my son the doctor, "I want to see graphic blood and gore.  Also, I want to give my sister [the Reigning Queen of Pink] a lobotomy so she won’t be so annoying."

I suppose "at least he’s not just in it for the money" is sort of a consolation – sort of like a psychopath joining the army to be a sniper, do what you’re best at.  At least he’ll be able to take care of his parents in our old age, or at least get us prescription samples on the cheap.