Conversations with kids always leave me stunned at how amazing being a kid is.
This morning, I took my kids to daycare. After I’d dropped them off in their respective classrooms, I went to put my 3 year old’s lunch away in a fridge in one of the big activity rooms… a room that is full of elementary school aged kids waiting for the bus every morning.
This morning, I overheard the kids all talking about their favorite characters.
“Jake the Dog!”
“Creeper!” (That’s a Minecraft thing, right?)
A girl that was about 10 said “Legolas!” and a few of the other kids shrugged it off. I turned and said “I’m a Samwise fan myself, but Legolas is pretty great.”
She must have recognized a kindred nerd spirit in me because she launched into a 3 minute, frenzied talk about The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit and her love for them. She even fit in a “and I KNOW it’s not in the movies but in the books…”
I told her she sounded like a true Tolkien Scholar.
She looked at me like I was crazy. “What’s that?”
“Oh, a Tolkien Scholar is someone who studies Tolkien’s books… like, as a job.”
She got very quiet for a minute and said “You can do that for a job?”
She looked right at me and said “I know what I want to be when I grow up.” My heart almost melted, the moment was so cute.
Then the bus came and she left.
And I have to live with the fact that in the timespan of about 6 minutes, I created a Liberal Arts major.