Before I had kids, I didn’t realize how your kids’ interests become yours too. My younger daughter has always been interested in animal science, and I have tagged along on some of her adventures.
Lots of little girls love animals, but my daughter would check animal science books out from the library, and bring them to show me – “Look, Mommy, that is sarcoptic mange!”
She talked my mother-in-law into standing in a ravine with her to help dig up the cow bones she could see, and then she took them home and cleaned them.
The highlight of her childhood was when we were staying at a friend’s farm, and she got to help the vet give a cow a C-section! She was about 9 at the time.
We knew that in high school she would raise some animals in FFA. I thought she would raise a sheep, then a pig, then a calf for senior year. Her ag teacher talked us into starting with calves, and she ended up raising and showing 5 steers. We all got involved with that and had a great time.
She also worked at a vet’s office all through high school, and ended up pursuing a biology degree at a university in West Texas. Because she was living out there, she found out about the Teacher/Ranger/Teacher program that allowed me to become a seasonal ranger at Big Bend National Park!
This is just a tiny slice of the adventures she has gotten into. For more, you can check out her blog and see what she has been up to more recently. Happy Birthday, My Wildhood!