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My Kid is a WHAT?

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It starts when our babies are little. We make guesses as to how they will turn out. 

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"He's so creative, I bet he'll be an artist." "She's so agile, she's going to be a gymnast." "He just loves animals, he's sure to become a veterinarian." So what happens when they grow up and become another version of those guesses? In my case, my son the "artist/animal lover" grew up to be a taxidermist!

Who saw that one coming?

Accepting our children for who they are is the most important piece of our relationship with our young adult babies. I had to laugh when my son began his taxidermy studies. It fit him perfectly. Me? I'm a slightly spiritual pacifist, and dead animals don't exactly fit in my world...or my décor. But when I was awarded a lovely, mounted deer head for Mother's Day last year, I had to embrace it. What was more important--a house dedicated only to trendy Buddhas and aromatic candles...or giving my son the message that I love and accept him for who he is?

But that didn't stop me from putting pretty necklaces on its antlers.


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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Janelle July 14, 2008, 12:40 PM

I’m with you…parental acceptance is what matters! Our kids should never doubt that we love them as they are.

Just4MeNow September 3, 2008, 4:18 AM

my boy is 18, raised him alone to be independent and unstoppable. His confidence level is thru the roof. He is a go getter..a real worker. Im proud of that in him. I never grew up with support for my dreams and goals, but by damn he did!! that was the one thing I could see that he had..support!!


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