Finding direction for daughter's future worth the trip

We have a lot to be thankful for on Thursday. Of course, we are thankful for the many baby additions in our family since January and that we live in an awesome community.

But as of last week, we can confidently and with thanksgiving say there will probably not be a marine biologist in our immediate family. Since she has two older sisters, our 16-year-old daughter Phoebe, who is a junior in high school, has repeatedly heard the questions: What do you want to study in college? and What do you want to be when you grow up?

Having attended numerous high school graduation parties, she has heard the laments from college-bound young men and women who tire of these questions, mostly because they’re really not sure when they give an answer.

So for the past couple of years (as her sisters were finishing up their undergraduate degrees), Phoebe, not sure about what she wanted to do but knowing she enjoyed lab work, scuba diving, snorkeling and her new biology teacher, Mrs. Webb, decided the answer to “the question” would be marine biology.

Phoebe’s marine biology career often emerged in conversation between her father and me on Wednesday mornings as we traveled to Franklin to have breakfast with Steve’s mom at Don and Dona’s.

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