Career Choices

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When I was in high school, I had grand plans to become an electronics engineer. I was going to go to the University of Illinois for my undergraduate degree, followed by graduate work at MIT. I was going to design computers and robots and all manner of labor saving devices, much like the hero of Robert Heinlein's Door into Summer.

Alas, a combination of bad grades and a lack of money meant I ended up at City College of San Francisco, studying computer programming; I've been doing that ever since. Still, that dream of designing nifty doohickeys has never really died. So it was with great personal joy that I greeted Jared's declaration of his intended career:

Jared: "I'm going to be an engineer when I grow up!"

Me (bursting with pride): "Really? Cool!"

Jared: "Yeah, I'm going to drive a train!"

You know that scene from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown where Schroeder is playing the piano and Lucy is telling him how she's always dreamed of marrying a man who plays the piano? How he'd play something nice at parties like April Showers or Frere Jacques? And she ends it with a resigned "Beethoven's nice too"? That's how I felt. Trains are nice too.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.