Early December 2006, a conversation between me and my daughter, Michaela.
Michaela: Mama, when I grow up, i just want to ride horses.
Are you sure you want that? It would involve a lot of things, not only riding.
Michaela: I know I need to clean them and feed them and groom them. Or a nurse. I think I would love to be a nurse. So I can hold the hands of kids who must give blood to be tested.
Are you sure?
Michaela: Yes. And I would also love to be, hhmmm. Could I be both?
If you want to be. But what is important is that you would love what you do because then you can do it better.
And now, we must wait and see as she is just turned five. Plus the fact that though she loves to ride horses, she's still a bit afraid of them. And she hates the smell of horse stalls. As for being a nurse, that was led, I believe; from her almost daily visits to the hospital last December. A daily visit that always includes blood tests.