I’m upset about the news from around the world and I need a break so I turn to my kids.
On Friday, we were stuck on the subway for a super long time. Fortunately the train had half-pulled into the station, so I could see that help could be on the way if needed and we had AC but still. I don’t like being in enclosed crowded places underground. I’d make a terrible miner. But there we were.
And my daughter was saying how even though she thought she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up, she’s now leaning more towards forensic scientist. She then asked Young Ladrinka what he thought. And he said, baseball player.
Since we were stuck and he was my captive audience, I decided to have a talk with him.
It’s wonderful to have dreams and all that nonsense, I said, and you’re a really good baseball player now, but you just don’t know how things are going to go. A big part of being a baseball player has absolutely nothing to do with things that you can control. So, yes, absolutely, have that as a goal, but you shoul have a back up plan as well. In case baseball doesn’t pan out. Ok?
Ok, he said.
What do you think you want your back up plan to be? I asked.
And then the train didn’t move for a very long time. I know because I can still hear the people around us laughing at me.
One year ago ...
- Fallout - 2010