A few weeks ago I was at our friend's beach house. We were hanging out at the pool and talking about various things. Suddenly her 9 year old daughter and Celia's best buddy came up to us and said "Do you know Celia wants to be a pirate when she grows up?" I just shrugged and sadly admitted that I did indeed.
We talked about various things awhile later, after finding out that at one point that daughter wanted to be a vet by day and a part time balloon animal clown at night. She still wants to be a vet. We started talking about school and the fact that my friend has told her daughter that if she wants to be a vet and get into a good college then she really needs to study and learn as much as she can. At 9, she is more then willing to do that.
I was quick to respond that Celia is hit or miss with doing "school work" but that I really have nothing to be worried about, since she is going to be a pirate. In fact it is a big relief because there is no cost to educating a pirate really.
We were so close to that financial freedom until today.... Celia and I were talking about the last space shuttle launch and I had to get into great detail about some things and we talked about scientists. Well my pirate now wants to be a Scientist. With her math genetics, she needs to get going on studying now!